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    Keizan Recommendations

    Hello all,

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend sources for learning more about Keizan ("the other founder" of the Soto school), particularly with respect to his efforts to reach out to laypeople and women. I just ordered the F. Cook translation of Keizan's Denkoroku (on the Treeleaf reading list), but didn't know if anyone had any additional sources to recommend.

    On an unrelated note, my apologies for being so absent from the forum lately. The "householder" life has made many demands lately. I've managed to keep up a daily practice, but I'm afraid I've been largely absent from the forums.

    Deep bows to all,
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    Hi Sekishi,

    I would say that Keizan's most widely available writing in English is this ... ZAZEN YOJINKI: NOTES ON WHAT TO BE AWARE OF IN ZAZEN. There are several translations available online, but this seems to be one of the most readable ...
    http://www.wwzc.org/dharma-text/zaze...be-aware-zazen

    Keizan is credited with making Soto Zen in Japan more widely popular and widespread. There is some discussion in this classic history book of the period ...
    http://books.google.com/books?id=BnL...keizan&f=false

    And for a rather dense (in prose style) and semi-imagined treatment of Keizan by a French historian and philosopher ...
    https://books.google.com/books?id=rb...gbs_navlinks_s

    Gassho, J
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    What about the Zazen Yojinki translation on terebess?
    Readable? (I'm having problem with the first link, sorry.)
    I've just browsed through, maybe it is helpful.

    http://terebess.hu/zen/denko-roku.html

    Gassho,
    Danny
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    Treeleaf Unsui / Engineer Sekishi's Avatar
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    Thank you Jundo. I will start with a copy of "Soto Zen in Medieval Japan" for the chapter on Keizan, but also because that just sounds interesting.

    BTW: Your first link (for Zazen Yojinki) is just back to this thread. I did find an excerpt from a Daido Loori translation here:
    http://www.wwzc.org/dharma-text/zaze...be-aware-zazen

    Thank you again.

    Gassho,
    Sekishi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny B View Post
    What about the Zazen Yojinki translation on terebess?
    Readable? (I'm having problem with the first link, sorry.)
    I've just browsed through, maybe it is helpful.

    http://terebess.hu/zen/denko-roku.html

    Gassho,
    Danny
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    Hi Danny,

    Yes, there are links to several different translations there. They each have their good points.

    Gassho, J

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    Thank you for having a look at the link.

    Gassho,
    Danny
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