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Zen Roots

The First Thousand Years

List Price: $16.95

ON SALE: February 22, 2022 | Paperback | 5 x 7, 288 pages | ISBN 9781640095120
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Including new translations of nine texts from the first thousand years of Zen, this collection of sacred Buddhist texts with refreshed commentary, is made to be carried with you.

Dating from the middle of the second century BC to the middle of the ninth century AD, Zen Roots includes the Heart, the Diamond, and the Platform sutras, selections from the Vimalakirti and Lankavatara sutras, Bodhidharma’s Principles & Practice, Sengcan’s Trusting the Mind, Yongjia’s Song of Enlightenment, and Huangbo’s Transmission of the Mind.

These translations are accompanied by introductions and enough notes to explain what needs explaining but not so many as to get in the way. Sized for toting with you, this collection is the perfect companion for travel, to introduce to the higher elevations, or just read in the backyard.

About Red Pine

Red Pine (Bill Porter) was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and attended graduate school at Columbia University. An acclaimed translator, his published works include three major Buddhist texts: The Platform Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, and The Heart Sutra. He is also the author of Zen Baggage, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Red Pine has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively in China, visiting Zen temples and seeking out hermits. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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