The Buddha's Flower Sermon
Monday, November 21, 2011, 5:30 PM
Jeff Shore has played a leading role in introducing Zen practice to the West. He will read from his most recent book: Zen Classics for the Modern World: Translations of Chinese Zen Poems & Prose with Contemporary Commentary (Diane Press, Philadelphia, 2011).
Zen Classic for the Modern World contains three classic Chinese Zen texts from three different traditions and eras: The delightful poetic masterpiece Enjoying the Way from the 8th century Northern Zen tradition. The profound poems — and stunning illustrations — of Ten Oxherding Pictures from the 12th century Rinzai tradition. The hard-hitting Exhortations for Those Who Don't Arouse the Doubt from the early 17th century Sôtô tradition. Much of the material never translated before, with authoritative, contemporary commentary revealing the depth and diversity of Zen Buddhism as a living tradition. Here is the true face of Zen practice as it strips away facile generalizations and false assumptions, leading the reader to a genuine encounter with the heart of the matter.
Copies of the book will be on sale and the author will sign copies after the talk. A reception with light refreshments follows in the Meyerson Lobby.