Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts

Shohaku Okumura


This immensely precious publication explores Zen's wealthy culture of chanted liturgy and the robust ways in which such chants help meditation, expressing and assisting us really uphold our heartfelt vows to reside a lifetime of freedom and compassion. Exploring 8 of Zen's so much crucial and common liturgical texts, Living via Vow is a guide to jogging the Zen direction, and Shohaku Okumura courses us like an outdated buddy, conversing essentially and without delay of the private which means and implications of those chants, generously utilizing his stories to demonstrate their sensible importance. A student of Buddhist literature, he masterfully uncovers the delicate, problematic net of tradition and heritage that permeate those nice texts. Esoteric or demanding phrases tackle bright, own that means, and previous favourite words achieve new poetic resonance.

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