This immensely useful book explores Zen’s rich tradition of chanted
liturgy and the powerful ways that such chants support meditation,
expressing and helping us truly uphold our heartfelt vows to live a life
of freedom and compassion. Exploring eight of Zen’s most essential and
universal liturgical texts, Living by Vow
is a handbook to
walking the Zen path, and Shohaku Okumura guides us like an old friend,
speaking clearly and directly of the personal meaning and implications
of these chants, generously using his experiences to illustrate their
practical significance. A scholar of Buddhist literature, he masterfully
uncovers the subtle, intricate web of culture and history that permeate
these great texts. Esoteric or challenging terms take on vivid,
personal meaning, and old familiar phrases gain new poetic resonance.
302 pages. Paperback.