Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

Living by Vow

A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts

“An essential resource for students and teachers alike.”—Dosho Port, author of Keep Me in Your Heart a While

Paperback
320 pages, 6 x 9 inches
$18.95
ISBN 9781614290100

eBook

eBook Bundle (PDF, epub, mobi)
$13.81
ISBN 9781614290216
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

This immensely useful book explores Zen’s rich tradition of chanted liturgy and the powerful ways that such chants support meditation, expressing and helping us truly uphold our heartfelt vows to live a life of freedom and compassion. Exploring eight of Zen’s most essential and universal liturgical texts, Living by Vow is a handbook to walking the Zen path, and Shohaku Okumura guides us like an old friend, speaking clearly and directly of the personal meaning and implications of these chants, generously using his experiences to illustrate their practical significance. A scholar of Buddhist literature, he masterfully uncovers the subtle, intricate web of culture and history that permeate these great texts. Esoteric or challenging terms take on vivid, personal meaning, and old familiar phrases gain new poetic resonance.