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 essential zen sutras and other writings

The Four Vows

The Song of Zazen (.txt)

The Song of Zazen (.doc)

The Heart Sutra (.txt)

The Heart Sutra (.doc)

Hannya Shingyo (.txt)

Hannya Shingyo (.doc)

Dai E Zenji's Vow for Awakening (.txt)

Dai E Zenji's Vow for Awakening (.doc)

More to come...


 zen buddhist web resources

(book) The Path to Bodhidharma: Teachings of Shodo Harada Roshi

The Columbia, Missouri Zen Center

Zen Community of Oregon

Northwest Dharma Association


San Francisco Zen Center

Zen Buddhist Sacred Texts

Zen Web of Original Mind


Atlanta Soto Zen Center

Gassho: Buddhist Electronic Journal

The Montreal Zen Center

About.Com's Zen Buddhist Page


Bay Area Zen Centers

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Zen Buddhist WWW Library


The Clouds in Water Zen Center

Dharma Zen Center, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Zen Center

The Electronic Bodhidharma

The Zen Hospice Project

Zen @ Metalab

Nebraska Zen Center

Dharma Rain Zen Center (Portland, OR)

World Zen Centers Index

Blue Ridge Zen Group

Zen Buddhist Texts Zen Book List

Chado, The Way of Tea

Hwy 50's Zen Bookstore (Amazon.com associate)

Kyoto National Museum

Four Gates Buddhist Supplies


 zen glossary

Dharma: The laws of the mind to which the Buddha was awakened; the laws that govern the existence with which each person is endowed. While each person is still individually different, each also has a unifying, undifferentiated mind.

Dojo: A Zen monastery; a place to clarify the Buddha nature.

Kensho: Enlightenment; the awakening to one's true nature, prior to ego. Ego is like the transient waves on the water's surface; one's Buddha nature is the entire body of water.

Ki: A universal force that constitutes, binds, and moves all things. In the human body it manifests as vitality. This vitality may be enhanced by good nutrition and breath work, through tanden breathing and other exercises.

Koan: Specific words and experiences of the ancients that cannot be solved by logic or rational thought. People of Zen training use them to cut dualistic thinking, awaken to their Buddha nature, and rid themselves of ego.

Osesshin: One week of continuous zazen with breaks only for sutras, eating, and sleeping. Its purpose is to intensely clarify one's true nature.

Samadhi: The state of forgetting one's own heaviness; becoming one with time, place, and circumstances; becoming one with what one is doing; that which comes forth when one becomes the life of the moment.

Sussokan: This excerpt offers a detailed description of this method of zazen of counting one's breath.

Tanden: A point in the body, approximately one and a half inches below the navel and one and a half inches deep, considered the physiological, psychic, and spiritual center. Tanden cultivation is closely related to breath and mind-intent for the development of ki.

Zazen: Meditation; sitting in which one cuts all connections with the external world and lets go of all concerns within.

Zendo: The meditation hall in which monks live and people practice zazen.