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Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen
Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen

Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice by Kosho Uchiyama

Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice



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Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice Kosho Uchiyama ebook
Page: 256
ISBN: 9780861713578
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Format: pdf


Buddhist meditation is really not about “letting thoughts of fear and anger go”, as thoughts become reflexive and completely undistracting and can be ceased at will very early on; nearly all Buddhist practices are WELL beyond controlling the silent thinker. Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice $8.21. Zen meditation brings up images of robed Buddhist monks sitting on a verdant summit and meditating until they arrive at illumination. Suzuki himself was much more honest in this regard when he pointed out that Zen is a meditation technique which implies no particular ethico-political stance — in his political life, a Zen Buddhist may be a liberal, a fascist, or a communist. In Hong Kong, Hughes visits the Giant Buddha and looks more closely at Zen, before arriving at the final wonder, the Hsi Lai temple in Los Angeles, to discover more about the ultimate goal for all Buddhists – nirvana. For Buddhism, on the other hand, it is emptiness itself, which Buddhism takes to be an open, cognizant awareness that is empty of all reifications, all stillings of the flow, yet which nevertheless consists of an irrepressible flow. Words, the modification of Theravada Buddhism or early Buddhism into the vipassana and the mindfulness movements, certain ways in which Zen Buddhism has been transformed into a practice that Christians and Buddhists alike are engaged in. Certainly meditation and other spiritual disciplines are an integral part of that, but I would not seek to privilege those kinds of overt spiritual practices somehow as the be all and end all of what a Buddhist practice might be. For over thirty years, Opening the Hand of Thought has offered an unmatched introduction to Zen Buddhism. Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice.

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