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  • Encouraging Wordsby Robert Aitken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 19.00

    Encouraging Words is a collection of short talks and brief essays that Aitken Rashi has offered his students at meditation retreats during the past two decades. They are arranged according to themes central to all spiritual seekers -- attention, emptiness, coming and going, diligence, death and the afterlife, the sacred self, and the moral path. Aitken... more...

  • The River of Heavenby Robert Aitken

    Counterpoint 2011; US$ 15.95

    Known to many as the study of quiet stillness and introspection, Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself through brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. In River of Heaven these concepts and pillars lend themselves to an exploration of Haiku, one of the most delicate and interpretive poetic forms in the world. The haiku verse form,... more...

  • The Practice of Perfectionby Robert Aitken

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 22.00

    Robert Aiken, author of Encouraging Words and Taking the Path of Zen , is America?s most senior Zen Roshi. In this new book he presents the Ten Păramităs, of Transcendental Perfections?namely, giving, mortality, forbearance, zeal, focused meditation, wisdom, compassionate means, aspiration, spiritual power, and knowledge?two-thousand-year-old ideals... more...

  • The Gateless Barrierby Robert Aitken

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016; US$ 28.99

    The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon), a thirteenth-century master of the Lin-chi (Rinzai) school, it is composed of forty-eight koans, or cases, each accompanied by a brief comment and poem by Wu-men. Robert Aitken, one of the premier... more...

  • Taking the Path of Zenby Robert Aitken

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; US$ 14.99

    There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity. The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists... more...

  • The Mind of Cloverby Robert Aitken

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015; US$ 19.99

    In Taking the Path of Zen , Robert Aitken provided a concise guide to zazen (Zen meditation) and other aspects of the practice of Zen. In The Mind of Clover he addresses the world beyond the zazen cushions, illuminating issues of appropriate personal and social action through an exploration of the philosophical complexities of Zen ethics. Aitken's... more...

  • Miniatures of a Zen Masterby Robert Aitken; Nelson Foster

    Counterpoint 2009; US$ 14.95

    For more than four decades, Robert Aitken Roshi has taught thousands of people the Buddhist practice of Zen meditation, and has led hundreds through their practice of the study of traditional koans. He has authored more than a dozen books; volumes of commentary on sacred texts; works on ethics, daily life, and social action; and one of the best-loved... more...

  • The Long Road Turns to Joyby Thich Nhat Hanh; Robert Aitken

    Parallax Press 2011; US$ 6.99

    One of the few books focused completely on mindful walking and walking meditation. This revised edition of the best-selling title (nearly 80,000 copies sold to date) includes over 30 percent new material—including new walking meditation poems and practices—and provides a practical and inspirational introduction to this important practice. Written... more...

  • A Zen Waveby Matsuo Basho; Robert Aitken; W.S. Merwin

    Counterpoint 2003; US$ 15.00

    Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself by brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. The haiku verse form is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought and expression, for its seventeen syllables impose a rigorous limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. Here haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-94) — the greatest Japanese... more...

  • Fertility Controlby Ursula-F. Habenicht; Robert John Aitken

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2010; US$ 369.00

    The world?s population is growing at an unsustainable rate. From a baseline ?gure of one billion in 1800, global population is predicted to exceed nine billion by 2050 and 87. 8% of this growth will be localized in less developed countries. Such uneven population growth will yield a harvest of poverty, malnutrition, disease and en- ronmental degradation... more...