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Zen Buddhism

A growing selection of articles about Zen Buddhism. If you are new to the subject, the Zen FAQ provides a brief introduction to Zen Buddhism as well as Zazen techniques for beginners. For more information about Zazen, please see the Meditation section.



A brief introduction to Zen Buddhism, meditation (Zazen) techniques for beginners and an introductory reading list.


Lecture on Zen
A transcript of a lecture by Alan Watts which originally aired on KSAN radio, San Francisco.

Realizing Our True Nature
Questions and answers by Taizan Maezumi, Roshi.

The Future of Zen Buddhism in the West
Excerpts from a draft paper by Robert Aitken entitled The Zen Buddhist Movement in North America: Retrospect and Prospect.

The Second Paramita
Robert Aitken outlines The Ten Grave Precepts.

Beginning Anew
An article by Sister Annabel Laity, Director of Practice at Plum Village, France.

Envisioning the Future
An article by Robert Aitken, one of the most widely respected Western teachers of Zen Buddhism.

That Great Sleeping Dragon of Joy
A teisho by John Tarrant, Roshi.

The Pools
A teisho by Charlotte Joko Beck, Sensei.



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