Daily Zen Library

1980

Timeless Spring: A Soto Zen Anthology

Translated by Thomas Cleary Thomas Cleary

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Soto Zen has sometimes been called "the other Zen" because it was Rinzai Zen that first came to the attention of the West. The present anthology, then, is important not only in its own right, but doubly so because it provides an introduction to this lesser known but exceedingly vital branch of Zen Buddhism.

A timeless spring is the lineage of Zen masters whose lives unite history into a single moment. In the transmission of Zen, the lineage resides in each person. Now it is possible to meet these masters personally, through their lectures and stories, biographies and informal talks, poems, anecdotes, and witty conversations. Together these works demonstrate the linking, the continuous immediacy, of this school of the enlightened mind.

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