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

By Kosho Uchiyama

For over thirty years, Opening the Hand of Thought has provided an advent to Zen Buddhism and meditation unrivaled in readability and gear. this can be the revised version of Kosho Uchiyama's singularly incisive vintage.

This new version includes much more helpful fabric: new prefaces, an index, and prolonged endnotes, as well as a revised thesaurus. As Jisho Warner writes in her preface, Opening the Hand of Thought "goes on to the guts of Zen practice... exhibiting how Zen Buddhism could be a deep and life-sustaining activity." She is going directly to say, "Uchiyama appears to be like at what an individual is, what a self is, how one can advance a real self no longer become independent from all issues, one who can settle in peace in the course of life."

By turns funny, philosophical, and private, Opening the Hand of Thought is specially a good e-book for the Buddhist practitioner. It's an ideal follow-up for the reader who has learn Zen Meditation in undeniable English and is principally helpful should you haven't but encountered a Zen instructor.

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Because such capacities abide in th e very nature of our minds, even now, they arc said to comprise our bllddha lIatlfre. <:/ AUlllkcllillg Through Love T o sum up , the practice of D zogchcn aUows the fundam ental nature of o ne's luind, the boundless expanse of pu re awa reness and openn ess, to attain stable self- recogn itio n. That is enli ghte nm em : the enduring recognition of all experience as th e radiam expression of primordiaUy pure awareness. This reali zat ion cuts thro ugh the self-imposed limitations of one's mind to unl eash tremendous li berating powers o f love, co mpassion, joy, and creati vity from th e gro und of one's being, which can inspire and uplift man y o th ers.

Awakening Through Love : Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness. Boston, MA, USA: Wisdom Publications, 2007. p 32. id=10407924&ppg=45 this simple practice ca n reintroduce you to your whole life! Many people w ho we re esse ntial to you r th riving, long lost to yo ur conscio us mind, are rediscovered throu gh this practice. They become a po tent influence in your life once again , as if yo u we re joyfull y reunited with a host oflong-Iost fri ends and mentors. Thro ugh daily practice, the meditation of receiving love softens rh e hard edges of reactivity to self and other, th e hard edges of our life.

Importantly, reverent devotion and impartial lo ve don't just prepare the egoce ntered mind to rea lize its infinite nature. W hen that nature is realized, lov in g co mpassion and reverence become natural ways to express and embody it for others, so that th ey may recogn ize th eir Leltillg Be ~ 47 ow n enli ghte ned po te ntial. Such enligluened co mmunication occ urs in co untless ways, even very subtle ones. For examp le , my teac her Nyoshul Khcnpo was revered boch as an enlightened master and a leamed scholar of Dzogc hen tra diti on.

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