Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness

Just This Is It Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness Teachings on the practice of things as they are through commentaries on a legendary Chinese Zen figure The ninth century Tang dynasty Chinese master Dongshan is an important ancestor of the Zen tradi

  • Title: Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness
  • Author: Taigen Dan Leighton
  • ISBN: 9781611802283
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • Teachings on the practice of things as they are, through commentaries on a legendary Chinese Zen figure The ninth century Tang dynasty Chinese master Dongshan is an important ancestor of the Zen tradition that has spread widely throughout the world in the twentieth century He features prominently in koan texts and teaching stories, but hes not been written about or transTeachings on the practice of things as they are, through commentaries on a legendary Chinese Zen figure The ninth century Tang dynasty Chinese master Dongshan is an important ancestor of the Zen tradition that has spread widely throughout the world in the twentieth century He features prominently in koan texts and teaching stories, but hes not been written about or translated much in English yet Dan Leighton comes to the rescue with this excellent book that takes the texts and teachings attributed to Dongshan, as well as the teaching stories and koan cases about him, and provides commentary for understanding the teaching of the House of Caodong hes associated with, particularly as it relates to suchness tathata, the absolute and true nature inherent in all appearance focusing on the practical relevance of the teachings Dongshan represents to the practice and life of us folks today.

    One thought on “Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness”

    1. A somewhat scholarly but readable book focusing on the teachings of ancient Zen master Dongshan. I prefer more personable/experiential approaches to this kind of teaching, but certainly worth a look for advanced Zen students.

    2. This is a wonderful study - not completely spiritual and not completely academic/scholarly. It's an attempt to locate Dongshan's idea of suchness - also could be called emptiness - in the Chinese Chuan Buddhist tradition. Really well researched and the historical sketches of the different books, people, thoughts, and eras leading up to and going past Dongshan were masterfully done. You get a very easy and good feel for his place in history. But the thing that sets this book apart is the expert c [...]

    3. Deceptively deep. A unhelpful previous review on calls the insights in this book "insipid" — which is unfair. The tone adopted throughout the book is light and straightforward, and therein lies the deceptive aspect; because, in fact, there's a lot to absorb and work with in this book. The thing is, at least in my case, that only became clear after I had put the book down and forgotten about it for a few weeks. I found myself constantly thinking back to its themes and interpretations of Dongs [...]

    4. Way overpriced18 dollars for a spiritual book? Wellif spirituality is supposed to help all and not just the wealthy, I think 18 dollars is way too much to pay. All of my books on the web are about five dollars, the price of a coffee. Just my two cents anyway.

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