Cold Heart Thawing: The Zen Poetry of Do Chong-[Paperback]
Written by Rev. Paul Dōchŏng Lynch
Zen poetry about living in the modern world. Cold Heart Thawing is a collection of work both inspired and simple, a must read for all on a spiritual path. A collection of Zen poetry from the Abbot of Ocean Eyes Zen Center in Long Beach, California. This first collection of poetry was written between 1995 and 1997, and follows the spiritual path of a Buddhist layperson searching for balance between the life of dedicated Zen practice and the life of a layperson living in this modern world. The introduction contains an interview with Do Chong's grand-teacher Zen Master Seung Sahn, the 78th Patriarch of Korean Chogye Buddhism, in which the two discuss poetry and Zen practice. Some exiting insights about Zen poetry and life are shared with the reader in this conversation.
Peering through the Clouds (Paperback)
Written by Rev. Paul Dōch'ŏng Lynch
Peering Through the Clouds - glimpses of the present, between the shadows of discursive thought; the prose and poetry of Rev. Dōch'ŏng. In this second book of poetry Rev. Dōch'ŏng explores the deeper side of spirituality. He explores Zen practice in an effort to transcend the boundaries of his own opinions, condition and situation. The reader also may note a transition from the visceral perception of the world, which was the primary mode in the first book, to a more experiential perception in seeing and feeling this world. It is in this transition between the common world and the world of grace that I have found there are infinite ways to approach it. The method really depends upon which one you might like or more importantly which practice you can adopt into your everyday life. Only you the reader can decide their own direction, however, for me I prefer to live in all the infinite realms of all possible worlds.
Buddhist Precepts - a Guide for Western Buddhist Lay Practitioners (Paperback)
Written by Rev. Paul Dōch'ŏng Lynch
In this 21st Century Quantum Physical World why observe Buddhist Precepts? Taking refuge in the 3 Jewels is the initial step in becoming a Buddhist and following the precepts forms the foundation of the path. Buddhists practitioners observe various levels of precepts, depending upon each individual’s level of commitment to the path. The initial refuge in the 3 Jewels signifies the starting point on the path of the eradication of suffering and the awakening of not just one’s self but all sentient beings.
Taking precepts can be compared to military personnel adhering to the rules of military law or citizens of a particular country abiding by the common law of their society. The difference between the first two approaches and the Buddhist approach is that the military rules or the common laws are external restrictions whereas the Buddhist precepts spring forth from a practice of self–discipline which eventually can become self regulated.
|A Path to Christ Consciousness (Paperback) |
Written by Bob Harwood with Paul W. Lynch, JDPSN.
In this book Christian spirituality is explored from a fresh perspective. For those who sense that something is missing in traditional Christianity or those who intuit that union with God is possible, this book is a must read. The authors explore the underlying message of biblical scriptures and parables, a message that is generally ignored in mainline church traditions. By giving clear instructions concerning how to meet God “face to face,” the authors show that Christianity has much more in common with other world religions than is usually supposed. They suggest that the teachings put forth by the foremost mystic of all time, Jesus of Nazareth, are better understood and actualized through contemplative spiritual practices than through reflective thought, intellectual study, or efforts that reinforce a sense of individual doer-ship.