Daily Zen Library

1997

Teachings of Zen

Translated by Thomas Cleary Thomas Cleary

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Essential Zen teachings on realizing the original mind in all of us.  These teachings have been selected from the voluminous Zen canon for their accessibility, their clarity, and above all their practical effectiveness in fostering Zen concentrations and insights.  This is Zen guidance presented by the masters for over a thousand years.

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