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Branching Streams Flow In The Darkness

Zen Talks on the Sandokai
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U. of California
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October, 2001
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9780520232129
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$37.95 CAD
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I respectfully urge you who study the mystery,

don’t pass your days and nights in vain.

                          —The Sandokai

When Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind was published in 1972, it was embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became—for good reason—the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first sequel to Suzuki Roshi’s important work. Like Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, it is a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humour, and intimacy with Zen that made Suzuki Roshi so influential as a teacher.

The Sandokai—a poem by the 8th-century Zen master Sekito Kisen—is the subject of these lectures. Given in 1970 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, the lectures are an example of a Zen teacher in his prime elucidating a venerated, ancient, and difficult work to his Western students. The poem addresses the question of how the oneness of things and the multiplicity of things coexist (or, as Suzuki Roshi expresses it, “things-as-it-is). Included with the lectures are his students’ questions and his direct answers to them, along with a meditation instruction.

When you feel that you are somebody, you have to practice zazen harder. As you know, it is difficult to sit without thinking or feeling. When you don’t think or feel, you usually fall asleep. But without sleeping and without thinking, just to be yourself is our practice. When you can do that, you will be able to speak without thinking too much, and without having any special purpose. When you speak or act it will be just to express yourself. That is complete self-respect.

“Buddhists and lovers of Buddhism who have read and reread Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind over the years, as well as those who are just discovering the wisdom of this wonderful, profound teacher for the first time, will welcome this new book of lectures on Zen training as a gift we did not expect to receive. Branching Streams should be read slowly and savored.” —Rita Gross, author of Buddhism After Patriarchy

“Wonderful, simple, and bottomlessly deep, as Suzuki always is.” —Tricycle

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When Shunryu Suzuki Roshi'sZen Mind, Beginner's Mindwas published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English, selling more than one million copies to date.Branching Streams Flow in the Darknessis the first follow-up volume to Suzuki Roshi's important work. LikeZen Mind, Beginner's Mind, it is a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humor, and intimacy with Zen that made Suzuki Roshi so influential as a teacher.
TheSandokai--a poem by the eighth-century Zen master Sekito Kisen (Ch. Shitou Xiqian)--is the subject of these lectures. Given in 1970 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the lectures are an example of a Zen teacher in his prime elucidating a venerated, ancient, and difficult work to his Western students. The poem addresses the question of how the oneness of things and the multiplicity of things coexist (or, as Suzuki Roshi expresses it, "things-as-it-is"). Included with the lectures are his students' questions and his direct answers to them, along with a meditation instruction. Suzuki Roshi's teachings are valuable not only for those with a general interest in Buddhism but also for students of Zen practice wanting an example of how a modern master in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition understands this core text today.

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