Introduction to Zen Training
A Physical Approach to Meditation and Mind-Body Training (The Classic Rinzai Zen Manual)
Omori Sogen, Sayama Daian, Michael Kangen
Introduction to Zen Training is a translation of the Sanzen Nyumon, a foundational text for beginning meditation students by Omori Sogen—one of the foremost Zen teachers of the twentieth century.
This book addresses many of the questions which arise when someone first embarks on a journey of Zen meditation—ranging from how long to sit at one time to how to remain mindful when not sitting—and it concludes with commentaries on two other fundamental Zen texts, Zazen Wasen (The Song of Meditation) and the Ox-Herding Pictures.
Written to provide a solid grounding in the physical nature of Zen meditation training, this text delves into topics such as:
- How to find the right teacher
- The differences between the two main Japanese schools of Zen: Soto and Rinzai Zen
Sogen prescribes a level of rigor and intensity in spiritual training that goes far beyond wellness and relaxation, and that is rarely encountered. His is a kind of spiritual warriorship he felt was direly needed in the middle of the twentieth century and that is no less necessary today.
With a new foreword from Daihonzan Chozen-ji, the headquarters Zen temple established by Omori Sogen in Hawaii, this book is an essential text for every student of Zen meditation.