Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts
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.
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Review: Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and TextsUser Review - David Guy - Goodreads
In this book Shohaku Okumura goes over much of the liturgy of a Soto Zen Center, interpreting it and explaining it. Okumura is probably the leading writer about Soto Zen in English, and this is another invaluable text. Read full review
Review: Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and TextsUser Review - Vicki Dotson - Goodreads
Overall it was OK. There were some parts that gave me pause, but overall, just OK. Read full review