The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

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The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Post by Meido » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:05 pm

Friends,

I'm very pleased to announce that my book The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice is currently in production with Shambhala Publications, and expected to be available in February or March 2018. Shambhala distributes through Penguin Random House, so this should be available in all the usual places one finds books these days.

I wrote the book originally for folks in my community, since there are comparatively few works pertaining to Rinzai Zen practice out there. Naturally the primary "guide to practice" is oral instruction from one's teacher. However, these days I'm often contacted by distant folks who haven't yet found a teacher, but might in the meantime benefit from starting to practice in some way. So the intent of the work has broadened over time, and I hope it will be useful especially for people in that situation. The book contains instruction for a number of things that are safe to begin on one's own, along with photographs detailing body usage.

I'll post updates here in the future.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone here at DW. Discussion with you folks over the years provided some of the seeds for this book, and I'm deeply grateful for that.

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Post by dzogchungpa » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:23 pm

Congratulations! I'm really looking forward to reading it.
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Post by Johnny Dangerous » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:37 am

Congrats Meido, that's is great news. I have learned a lot from your posts here and look forward to the book.
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Post by Wayfarer » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:57 am

An invaluable resource, I'm sure. I will certainly be getting a copy and will also order one for the Buddhist Library here when it is published.

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Post by KRB80 » Fri May 05, 2017 9:02 pm

Congratulations! I'll be sure to seek it out as well.
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Post by Malcolm » Sat May 06, 2017 1:25 am

Meido wrote:Friends,

I'm very pleased to announce that my book The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice is currently in production with Shambhala Publications, and expected to be available in February or March 2018. Shambhala distributes through Penguin Random House, so this should be available in all the usual places one finds books these days.
Congratulations. I am sure your book will be well received.
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Post by seeker242 » Sat May 06, 2017 11:49 am

Nice! :smile: Does it come with a stick where you can hit yourself? :rolling:
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Post by Meido » Sat May 06, 2017 6:03 pm

Thank you for the kind words, all.
seeker242 wrote:Does it come with a stick where you can hit yourself?
In a small number of cases, turning it spine up and aiming between one's eyes may help. But neither publisher nor author will be held responsible for such use.

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It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Post by dzogchungpa » Sat May 06, 2017 7:39 pm

seeker242 wrote:Does it come with a stick where you can hit yourself?
I think there's an app for that now.
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Post by Nyantron » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:19 pm

Its age of Internet and oral teachings are outdated. I am so thirsdy for books filled with practice and guides instead of dry blocks of pointless text.

Looking forward to get this one on my kindle :)

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Post by Meido » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:34 pm

Nyantron wrote:Its age of Internet and oral teachings are outdated. I am so thirsdy for books filled with practice and guides instead of dry blocks of pointless text.

Looking forward to get this one on my kindle
Hoping this will be neither dry nor pointless. Someone not interested to practice may find much of it uninteresting.

Still on schedule for Feb/March 2018 availability, more updates soon...

:namaste:

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Post by Losal Samten » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:36 pm

Sounds great! Image
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Post by Meido » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:16 pm

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon...

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Post by jake » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:00 pm

Congratulations! I'm looking forward to it.
Meido wrote:The book is available for pre-order on Amazon...

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

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Post by Meido » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:23 am

Thank you, I'll be pleased if you find it useful.

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Post by No thing » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:09 am

Congrats on the new book Meido.
I am happy to see a book on the practice of Rinzai Zen.
Beside the Omori Sogen's - Introduction To Zen Training, I am not aware of another book of the Rinzai Way.

I have pre-ordered the book via Amazon smile and wish you this one to be the first of many in future.

Also congratulations on opening ( finishing with the completion ) of the Korinji Monastery.


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Post by Meido » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:22 am

Thank you, Victor, I appreciate it.

Omori Roshi's book (which was translated into English by his student, and one of my teachers, Hosokawa Roshi) is really an important work; I recommend it to everyone interested in Rinzai practice. Luckily still in print, and reasonably priced in paperback.

I couldn't write anything matching that, but just tried to write something more simple for beginners and including some more actual practice details. Hopefully someone finds it helpful.

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Post by Pero » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:25 pm

So it's been published. :twothumbsup:
I already got the kindle version, will read within the week.
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Post by Meido » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:00 pm

Yep, today's the official release date, but apparently it's been shipping for a few days.

Hope you enjoy...

~ Meido
It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Post by Pancakes » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:11 am

Meido wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:00 pm
Yep, today's the official release date, but apparently it's been shipping for a few days.

Hope you enjoy...

~ Meido
It's not out til the 15th of April here in Aus :tongue:

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