Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

How to Raise an Ox - Praise

Zen Practice as Taught in Zen Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo

“An ideal introduction for those newly exploring the masterworks of Buddhist thought.”—John Daishin Buksbazen, author of Zen Meditation in Plain English

“The authors purpose is to clarify what Dōgens ‘Zen of practice actually means. We can measure his success not only by the vividness of his introduction to Dōgens thought, but also by the surprise we find in discovering the breadth and diversity of ‘practice as Dōgen meant it.”—Tricycle

“Simply the best, clearest, and most concise introduction to Dōgens Zen.”—Barry Magid, author of Ordinary Mind: The Common Ground of Zen and Psychotherapy

How to Raise an Ox is an outstanding introduction to the most important Zen master in Japanese history. Francis Dojun Cook provides a brilliant translation of ten carefully selected chapters from Dōgen’s masterpiece, Shobogenzo. These chapters are preceded by a series of short essays written by Cook, which distill the essence of what follows and provide an ideal introduction to it. These essays are masterpieces of lucidity and insight that help the reader to grasp the more subtle and elusive aspects of Dōgen’s profound and extraordinarily creative writing. Cook has a remarkable grasp of the heart of Dōgen’s thinking and a genius for communicating it.”—Jeremy D. Safran, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, New School University, and Co-author of Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance

“Many thanks to Dr. Cook for shedding valuable light on the profound teachings of Dōgen.”—Andy James, author of The Conscious I

“A key to unlocking the considerable treasury of Zen heritage.”—Publishers Weekly

“Dr. Cook has succeeded in illuminating Dōgen’s work. [How To Raise An Ox] can assist you in deepening your understanding of Zen practice and is an excellent tool for the serious student of the Soto Zen form.”—New Perspectives

“An important sourcebook for Zen practitioners.”—John Daido Loori, Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery