Finding the Still Point (Book and CD): A Beginner's Guide to Zen Meditation (Dharma Communications) (Mixed media product)
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Through Zen meditation it is possible to find stillness of mind, even amidst our everyday activities—and this practical book-and-CD set reveals how. John Daido Loori, one of America's leading Zen teachers, offers everything needed to begin a meditation practice. He covers the basics of where to sit (on a cushion, bench, or chair), how to posture the body (complete with instructional photographs), and how to practice Zen meditation to discover the freedom of a peaceful mind.
About the Author
John Daido Loori (1931–2009) was one of the West's leading Zen masters. He was the founder and spiritual leader of the Mountains and Rivers Order and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. His work has been most noted for its unique adaptation of traditional Asian Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts, the environment, social action, and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. Loori was an award-winning photographer and videographer. His art and wildlife photography formed the core of a unique teaching program that integrated art and wilderness training by cultivating a deep appreciation of the relationship of Zen to our natural environment. He was a dharma heir of the influential Japanese Zen master Taizan Maezumi Roshi and he authored many books.
"Loori, the revered and celebrated founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, distills experience and wisdom into a resolute and economical guide for beginners. This book-and-CD package promises to be a graceful gem in the legendary cosmic Diamond net."—Publishers Weekly Religion Bookline
"A famed teacher of Zen—you'll know him from works like The Healing Power of Sound and Zen of Creativity—gives instructions on how to meditate, covering basics like where and how to sit. With a 70-minute CD."—Library Journal