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The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master

Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt

1 vol. Ed. Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2013.


ISBN 978-1-61180-041-8

 

 

 

       
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Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2012.


ISBN 978-1-59030-982-7

 

 

 

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Circles: Zen Kalligraphie von Kazuaki Tanahashi’s

by Sherry Chayat (in German) Frankfurt, Germany. Enso-Verlag, 2011.


ISBN 978-3-9813504-2-5

 

 

 

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Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo

1 vol. Ed. Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2012.


ISBN 978-1-59030-935-3

“This monumental work, considered one of the most profound expressions of Zen wisdom ever put on paper, and also the most outstanding literary and philosophical work of Japan, is a collection of essays by Eihei Dogen, founder of Zen’s Soto school.

Kazuaki Tanahashi and a team of translators have produced a translation of the great work that combines accuracy with a deep understanding of Dogen’s voice and literary gifts. This finely produced, two-volume boxed set includes a wealth of materials to aid understanding, including maps, lineage charts, a bibliography, and an exhaustive glossary of names and terms—and, as a bonus, the most renowned of all Dogen’s essays, “Recommending Zazen to All People.” ”

—Shabhala Publications

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Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo

2 vol. Ed. Boston and London: Shambhala Publications, 2011.


ISBN 978-1-59030-474-7

“This monumental work, considered one of the most profound expressions of Zen wisdom ever put on paper, and also the most outstanding literary and philosophical work of Japan, is a collection of essays by Eihei Dogen, founder of Zen’s Soto school.

Kazuaki Tanahashi and a team of translators have produced a translation of the great work that combines accuracy with a deep understanding of Dogen’s voice and literary gifts. This finely produced, two-volume boxed set includes a wealth of materials to aid understanding, including maps, lineage charts, a bibliography, and an exhaustive glossary of names and terms—and, as a bonus, the most renowned of all Dogen’s essays, “Recommending Zazen to All People.” ”

—Shabhala Publications

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Lotus

With Allan Baillie, photography. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006. $14.15


ISBN 0-86171-277-3

“The lotus is a magnificent paradox. Its leaves and flowers grow in the mud and murky water, yet they are unstained. It is associated with both heat and cool, chaos and order, the sun and the moon, even life and death.”

—from the Introductionaz

 

Tao Te Ching: A New Translation

Calligraphy. Translated by Sam Hamill. Boston & London, Shambhala, 2006. $18.95


ISBN 1-59030-011-4

 

 

“Accompanying Sam Hamill’s translation are seventeen Chinese characters brushed by one of the great masters of calligraphy, Kazuaki Tanahashi. Hamill provides a comment for each character, giving the reader a fuller sense of the richness of the original text and insight into the process of translation itself.”

—from the front sleeve

 

The True Dharma Eye:
Zen Master Dogen’s
Three Hundred Koans

Translation with Daido Loori. With commentary and verse by John Daido Loori. Boston & London, Shambhala, 2006. $39.95


ISBN 1-59030-242-7

 

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Loori Roshi’s addition of new commentaries, more than seven and a half centuries after the selection of these three hundred koans, is extraordinary. In addition, the creation of a formal Zen text by a Western Zen teacher is unique. Loori Roshi has presented a number of these cases with commentaries in his weekly dharma discourses at Zen Mountain Monastery. I am honored to be part of the team creating the book that embodies the authenticity of Dogen and the elucidation of the Zen teaching, made accessible to contemporary Western Zen practitioners.

—from Translator’s Note

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A Flock of Fools:
Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from The One Hundred Parable Sutra.

Translated and retold with Peter Levitt. New York: Grove Press, 2004. $15.

ISBN 0-8021-4133


German Version:
Narren: alte Buddhistische Geschichten Voller Weisheit Und Ironie Aus Dem Einhundert Parabel Sutra. Frankfult: Enso-Verlag, 2001.
ISBN 978-3-9813504-1-8

“I believe the One Hundred Parable Sutra
is the most humorous sutra in the
entire Buddhist canon.”

-Kaz

 
 

Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation: Zen Master Dogen

Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, 2004. $14.95.

ISBN 1-59030-024-6.

“For this book we have selected
Master Dogen's essays, talks, and instructions that touch upon various aspects of Zen meditation. We present the text in four parts: ‘Entering Zazen,’
‘Zazen Experience,’ ‘Zazen in Community,' and ‘Zazen through the Seasons.’”

-Kaz

 
 

Miracles of the Moment:
A journal with the circles and words of Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Mill Valley, CA: Brush Dance, 2001. $15.95.

ISBN 189173183-1

Out of Print

   
         
         
 

Brush Mind

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1990. Reprint available at www.amazon.com. $20

ISBN 1-888375-11-6


German Version:
Zen Geis – Zen Kunst.
Heiderberg: Werner Kristkeitz Verlag

ISBN 3 921508 517
Out of Print

 

 

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“Each line we draw carries our wish
for our children and their children.”

–Brush Mind


“A Zen humor book on calligraphy? Tanahashi is able to provide insights into the philosophy of art with only a few simple words.”

–The Bloomsbury Review

 
 

Enlightenment Unfolds:
The Essential Teachings
of Zen Master Dogen

Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi. Translated from medieval Japanese and Chinese. Boston and London: Shambhala, 1999. paperback, $17.95.

ISBN 1-57062-305-8

 

 

“A profound thinker and imaginative writer of medieval Japan, the monk Dogen remains an extraordinary source of inspiration for readers of our time... We hope the text in this book illustrates Dogen as a whole person – not only as a seeker, traveler, teacher, and priest who brought Zen from China to Japan, but as a poet, thinker, scholar, administrator, and woodcarver.”

–from the Preface

 
 

Essential Zen

Edited with David Schneider. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. [Also published in Dutch, Italian, Polish, Spanish.] paperback, $12.

ISBN 0-06-251046-0

 

 

 

 


“Stories remain in our consciousness, often unnoticed, as points of reference for understanding elements of life. However weird or enigmatic they are, or perhaps because of those very qualities, Zen stories have touched the hearts of people for over a thousand years.”

–from the Preface

 
 

Moon in a Dewdrop:
Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Edited and translated from medieval Japanese and Chinese. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1985; New York: Farrar, Straus & Geroux, 1995. $16

ISBN 0-86547-186-X

“Dogen is unique both as a thinker and a Buddhist teacher. Like his predecessors, he presents paradoxical statements; but unlike them, he makes continuous and systematic efforts to verbalize the process of his thinking. He demonstrates the extraordinary quality of intuitive logic in Zen tradition.”

–from the Introduction

Audio cassettes: The Teaching of Zen Master Dogen: Selections from Moon in a Dewdrop, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi. Chosen and read by Gary Snyder. Berkeley, California: Audio Literature, 1992. $15.95 ISBN 0-944953-47-8


“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.”

–Dogen

 
 

Moon in a Dewdrop:
Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Audio casettes

 

 

 

 
 
 

Penetrating Laughter:
Hakuin’s Zen and Art

Kazuaki Tanahashi, New York: The Overlook Press, 1984. (out of print) [Also published in French and Japanese]

Out of Print

 

“The vigor of Hakuin’s artistic expression arises from his practice of Zen meditation. Coarse, humorous, laced with folk motifs, the painting and calligraphy of this eighteenth-century Japanese monk yet seems to present something vast; when I think of greatness in art, my mind goes to Hakuin.”

–from the Introduction

 
 


Enku: Sculptor of
a Hundred Thousand Buddhas

Boston and London: Shambhala, 1982.

Out of Print

 

 

 

“Enku (1632-1695) was an extraordinary monk. The rough and direct quality of his wooden sculptures arose from the speed of his chisel strokes and his compulsion to carve an enormous quality of images. He completed 100,000 pieces of sculpture in his lifetime, a fact which by itself distinguishes him among sculptors. These sometimes smiling, sometimes fierce figures of deities were worshipped by the common people of his time; even today people attribute spiritual powers to them.”

–from the Introduction

 
 
 

Aikido, Ueshiba, Kisshomaru

Under the direction of Morihei Ueshiba. Translated with Roy Maurer, Jr. Tokyo: Hozansha, 1962.

Out of Print

 

 

“True budo (art of warriorship) is the loving protection of all beings with a spirit of reconciliation. Reconciliation means to allow the completion of everyone’s mission.”

–Morihei Ueshiba