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Introduction to Zen Meditation


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Omori Sogen (1904-1994) began his formal training in Zen, Kenjutsu (swordsmanship), and calligraphy in his early twenties, and was a widely respected sword teacher and advisor to the Japanese Cabinet. After WWII, he entered the priesthood in the Tenryu-ji Rinzai lineage. For the next forty years he continued to teach swordsmanship, calligraphy and Zen meditation, while writing 20 books and serving as a court magistrate eventually becoming president of the principle Rinzai University in Japan, Hanazono Daigaku. He established the International Zen Dojo in Hawaii and founded Daihonzan Chozen-ji in Honolulu the first headquarters temple in Rinzai Zen established under canon law outside Japan. Translated by: Hosokawa Dogen Roshi was Abbot of Daihonzan Chozen-ji and a dharma successor of Omori Sogen Rotaishi and Roy Yoshimoto. New Foreword by: Meido Moore Roshi is Abbot of Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and author of The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice. Introduction by: Trevor Leggett is author of A First Zen Reader, Zen and the Ways and many other books on Zen, Taoism and Asian philosophy.


"Omori Sogen Roshi's classic text is a treasure for anyone wishing to learn more about the practice of Zen meditation. It is truly a transformative work." - Shunmyo Masuno, Chief Priest of Kenkoh-ji Temple and author of The Art of Simple Living
"No book has influenced my Zen practice and teaching more than Introduction to Zen Training. I have returned to it continually over the years." -Kenneth Setsuzan Kushner, PhD, Zen master, psychologist, author of One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, Enlightenment
"...this book is a valuably detailed 'how-to' manual on meditation (including "zazen without sitting"), which also addresses misperceptions about Zen and its practice to help beginners avoid basic mistakes." - Kyoto Journal
"[Omori Sogen] peppers his writing with enchanting stories, parables and anecdotes, weaving hundreds of years of history into the text, making it an engrossing read even if you're not a student of Zen." - The Japan Times

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