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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39453

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

    ... though there is nothing that can be GOT!

    Hi Everyone,

    Please allow me to announce our next selections for our Treeleaf Book Club ... and I hope folks will order them as delivery may take some time. We will begin them in the late Spring or early Summer, once we complete Master Dogen's Shobogenzo Zuimonki, which we are currently reading:

    viewforum.php?f=2

    Our next selection is actually two books that we will read together as one. The first is:

    The Record of Transmitting the Light: Zen Master Keizan's Denkoroku, translated by Francis Cook

    http://www.wisdompubs.org/pages/display ... n=&image=1

    ... and the second, highly recommended by Taigu, is actually a reflection on Cook's translation called:

    Living Buddha Zen by Lex Hixon

    http://larsonpublications.com/book-details.php?id=54

    Here is a description of the Francis Cook translation of the "Denkoroku":

    The Record of Transmitting the Light traces the inheritance of the Buddha's enlightenment through successive Buddhist masters. Written by a seminal figure in the Japanese Zen tradition, its significance as an historical and religious document is unquestionable. And ultimately, The Record of Transmitting the Light serves as a testament to the human capacity to awaken to a life of freedom, wisdom, and compassion. Readers of Zen will also find the introduction and translation by Francis Dojun Cook, the scholar whose insights brought Zen Master Dogen to life in How to Raise an Ox, of great value.

    ... The Record of Transmitting the Light is a work which many would rank alongside Dogen's Shobogenzo as a major classic of Japanese Soto Zen. This translation has played an important role in illuminating the Way for thousands of first-generation western students. Cook's skill and insight as a translator come from his well earned scholarly authority in the field of Buddhism, as well as by experiential authority obtained through many years of study as a Zen practitioner ...

    ... The Denkoroku is the record of great master Keizan's Zenji formal talks. It is a Zen text unsurpassed in expressing the great enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha and its transmission by fifty-two ancestors in India, China, and Japan. Along with the eminent Dogen's Zenji's Shobogenzo, the Denkoroku is the most revered patriarchal record of instructions in learning the Way.
    and of Lex Hixon's BEAUTIFUL reflections on that ...

    Living Buddha Zen recreates 52 such ineffable moments, 52 “transmissions of the light” —from Shakyamuni Buddha continuously from master to successor. Hixon follows the original awakening impulse through India and China to the flowering of Soto Zen in Japan . . . and to his vision of how this same light circulates in the world today.

    This is Lex’s final book, meticulously polished to his satisfaction in the months before his passing on. It is a modern re-creation, not a translation—in language that is fresh and alive—of the classic Japanese Denkoroku: The Record of Transmitting the Light.
    In addition to the links above, here is a GREAT resource for used and new copies, which quotes the price in international currency including international postal rates (helpful for those outside the U.S. like me)

    http://www.bookfinder.com/

    I would also invest in the stock of those publishing companies, because when our bookclub recommends something ... SALES GO THROUGH THE ROOF! 8)

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Dosho
    Member
    • Jun 2008
    • 5784

    #2
    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

    Looking forward to it!

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    • chicanobudista
      Member
      • Mar 2008
      • 864

      #3
      Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

      ORDERED!! :mrgreen:
      paz,
      Erik


      Flor de Nopal Sangha

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      • imdreaming

        #4
        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

        I just finished Denkoroku last week (Cleary translation). I am happy to reread with group.

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        • Hogo
          Member
          • Feb 2010
          • 497

          #5
          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

          Ordered, Looking forward to the read.
          Thanks Jundo.

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          • BrianW
            Member
            • Oct 2008
            • 511

            #6
            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

            Looks like excellent selections and ordered!

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            • Taigu
              Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
              • Aug 2008
              • 2710

              #7
              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

              Yes folks, if you have your heart at the right place, then please read Lex Hixon s book. He comes from the Sufi tradition and was given Dharma transmission by Glassman roshi a few years before he died. If your heart is dry and enjoys quarelling, then read it, it is a good medecine. Not the cup of tea of teenage Zen followers and other modern arguing students...It would be an amazing eye opener though.

              I will be commenting on Lex s text quite a lot.

              gassho

              Taigu

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              • Dosho
                Member
                • Jun 2008
                • 5784

                #8
                Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                ...and ordered!

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                • Shohei
                  Member
                  • Oct 2007
                  • 2854

                  #9
                  Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                  /me pulls head from outta ... the sand ops:

                  Thank you for pointing these out! Ordered.

                  Gassho
                  Shohei

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                  • jrh001
                    Member
                    • Nov 2008
                    • 144

                    #10
                    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                    Books ordered...

                    JohnH

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                    • scott
                      Member
                      • Oct 2009
                      • 138

                      #11
                      Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                      Ordered. This time I'll try not to leave any in hotel rooms.

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                      • Kent
                        Member
                        • Feb 2008
                        • 193

                        #12
                        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                        Me too.

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                        • Shogen
                          Member
                          • Dec 2008
                          • 301

                          #13
                          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                          The books are ordered.
                          Gassho zak

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                          • monkton
                            Member
                            • Feb 2009
                            • 111

                            #14
                            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                            I'll see if my local book shop can get copies for me - it's a hard time for them here in Ireland, one of the largest ones went into liquidation last week. We only have a small one here in Wicklow but it has a fantastic range considering its size - and the owner seems to have read everything.

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                            • Sloppy_Zen
                              Member
                              • Dec 2009
                              • 82

                              #15
                              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Books! - GET EM' EARLY!

                              On its way!
                              Skype: jim.kearse
                              ring me, I might be at home!

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