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Aitken, Robert 1917-2010

Overview
Works: 80 works in 270 publications in 4 languages and 7,112 library holdings
Genres: Sacred books  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sacred works  Comparative studies  Koans  Prayers and devotions 
Roles: Author, Translator, Commentator for written text, Other, Editor
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert Aitken
Taking the path of Zen by Robert Aitken( Book )

24 editions published between 1982 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the fundamental principles of Zen Buddhism, discusses how to put these beliefs in practice in everyday life, and describes Zen customs and ceremonies
The roaring stream : a new Zen reader( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arranged chronologically, presents an anthology of writings by great teachers, poets, and practioners of Zen Buddhism
A Zen wave : Bashō's haiku and zen by Robert Aitken( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2004 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with Zen, the human mind, and the haiku of Matsuo Basho, the greatest Japanese haiku poet
Miniatures of a Zen master by Robert Aitken( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than four decades, Robert Aitken Roshi has taught thousands of people the Buddhist practice of Zen meditation, and has led many students through their practice of the study of traditional koans. He has authored more than a dozen books, including a celebrated appreciation of Basho's haiku; volumes of commentary on sacred texts; works on ethics, daily life, and social action; and one of the best-loved introductions to Zen Buddhism, Taking the Path of Zen. A founder of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, he has spent his life as a political activist - work he continues to this day." "Now in the later years of what has been a long and remarkable life, Aitken Roshi offers us Miniatures of a Zen Master, a collection of 188 short texts. Some are clearly parables; others are simple stories, quotations, memories, and commentaries. Resembling Benjamin Franklin's Almanac or the epigrams of Chamfort as much as it does work from ancient sages, this collection of "miniatures" distills a life devoted to teaching and awareness, of being present, and of showing up and making a difference." "Any person living a considered life, whether secular humanist or religious seeker, will find this a book of inspiration - a lasting companion, sharing a journey of deep realization and profound hope."--book jacket
The mind of clover : essays in Zen Buddhist ethics by Robert Aitken( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken provided a concise guide to zazen (Zen meditation) and other aspects of the practice of Zen. In The Mind of Clover he addresses the world beyond the zazen cushions, illuminating issues of appropriate personal and social action through an exploration of the philosophical complexities of Zen ethics. Aitken's approach is clear and sure as he shows how our minds can be as nurturing as clover, which enriches the soil and benefits the environment as it grows. The opening chapters discuss the Ten Grave Precepts of Zen, which, Aitken points out, are "not commandments etched in stone but expressions of inspiration written in something more fluid than water." Aitken approaches these precepts, the core of Zen ethics, from several perspectives, offering many layers of interpretation. Like ripples in a pond, the circles of his interpretation increasingly widen, and he expands his focus to confront corporate theft and oppression, the role of women in Zen and society, abortion, nuclear war, pollution of the environment, and other concerns. The Mind of Clover champions the cause of personal responsibility in modern society, encouraging nonviolent activism based on clear convictions. It is a guide that engages, that invites us to realize our own potential for confident and responsible action
Encouraging words : Zen Buddhist teachings for western students by Robert Aitken( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Students at extended meditation retreats during the past two decades. These essays and talks are arranged according to themes central to all spiritual seekers, such as "Attention," "Coming and Going," "Emptiness," "Diligence," "Death and the Afterlife," "The Sacred Self," "The Moral Path." Aitken Roshi provides guidance on pursuing religious practice in a lay context, "re-casting the Dharma to include women, jobs, and family, a fascinating course with many pitfalls." He
The practice of perfection : the pāramitās from a Zen Buddhist perspective by Robert Aitken( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Paramitas are the "skillful means" a person may employ to nurture and develop his or her spiritual and moral life
Original dwelling place : Zen Buddhist essays by Robert Aitken( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just as Taking the Path of Zen is the definitive handbook for Zen practice, the essays gathered in Original Dwelling Place are essential for the light they shed on Aitken Roshi's own journey and the effect he has had on American Zen Buddhism. Gathered here are essays about the Zen texts Aitken has studied with avidity and close attention throughout the years, texts that were early and lasting influences. In an opening section entitled "Ancestors," Aitken pays homage to
A Buddhist Bible by Dwight Goddard( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of Buddhist texts from a variety of traditions provides an introduction to the basic tenets of the faith
The ground we share : everyday practice, Buddhist and Christian by Robert Aitken( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a series of dialogues on spiritual experience between an American Zen master and a Roman Catholic monk and hermit
The gateless barrier : the Wu-men kuan (Mumonkan) by Robert Aitken( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Gateless Barrier" is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon), a thirteenth-century master of the Lin-chi (Rinzai) school, it is composed of forty-eight koans, or cases, each accompanied by a brief comment and poem by Wu-men. Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men's text, supplementing the original with his own commentary -- the first such commentary by a Western master -- making the profound truths of Zen Buddhism accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns
For a future to be possible : commentaries on the five wonderful precepts by Nhất Hạnh( Book )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and Vietnamese and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and fourteen co-authors discuss the Five Wonderful Precepts--protecting life, acting with generosity, behaving responsible in sexual relationships, speaking and listening deeply and mindfully, and avoiding substance abuse--and offer insights and challenges for contemporary life
Zen master raven : the teachings of a wise old bird by Robert Aitken( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A uniquely playful and incisive illustrated collection of Zen teaching stories from one of America's best-known and most-respected Zen masters. A Modern Classic. In the tradition of the great koan collections and the extensive records of ancient masters, Robert Aitken--one of America's best-known and most-respected Zen masters--distills a lifetime of teaching down to its essence. Intriguing, playful, and deceptively easy to read, Zen Master Raven is a brilliant encapsulation of Zen in over a hundred koan-like encounters--featuring curious beginners like Mallard and Mole, to teachers-in-training like Porcupine, to the profound wisdom of masters like Brown Bear, Moose Roshi, and Zen Master Raven himself"--
The river of Heaven : the haiku of Bashō, Buson, Issa, and Shiki( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Known to many as the study of quiet stillness and introspection, Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself through brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. In The River of Heaven these concepts and pillars lend themselves to an exploration of haiku, one of the most delicate and interpretive poetic forms in the world. The haiku verse form, with its rigid structure and organic description is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought because its seventeen syllables impose a limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. In haiku as in Buddhism, the silences are as expressive as the words
Vegetable roots discourse : wisdom from Ming China on life and living : Caigentan by Zicheng Hong( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 16th century Chinese classic presents Neo-Confucian philosophical aphorisms on virtue, conduct, and inner peace
For a future to be possible : commentaries on the five mindfulness trainings( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and fourteen co-authors discuss the Five Wonderful Precepts--protecting life, acting with generosity, behaving responsible in sexual relationships, speaking and listening deeply and mindfully, and avoiding substance abuse--and offer insights and challenges for contemporary life
The morning star : new and selected Zen writings by Robert Aitken( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Key Notes A magnificent refinement of the thoughts of a Zen Buddhist writer and teacher known for his clarity, compassion and insight
The dragon who never sleeps : verses for Zen buddhist practice by Robert Aitken( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of gathas, vows for daily living in verse form, American Zen master Robert Aitken offers us ways to face life's difficulties with insight and humor. Reciting these poetic vows can help us be fully present in each moment of our lives, resolving to give our best to every occasion. "A jewel of wisdom in the universe of Buddhist texts. This book is not only revolutionary in content, it is lovely poetry."--Turning Wheel
Ethik des Zen by Robert Aitken( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in German and Undetermined and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The long road turns to joy : a guide to walking meditation by Nhất Hạnh( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the few books focused completely on mindful walking and walking meditation. This revised edition of the best-selling title (nearly 80,000 copies sold to date) includes over 30 percent new material-including new walking meditation poems and practices-and provides a practical and inspirational introduction to this important practice. Written in Thich Nhat Hanh's clear and accessible style, Long Road Turns To Joy reminds us that we "walk not in order to arrive, but walk just for walking." Touching the earth with our feet is an opportunity to live in the here and now. Thich Nhat Hanh remind
 
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Taking the path of Zen
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The roaring stream : a new Zen readerA Zen wave : Bashō's haiku and zenMiniatures of a Zen masterThe mind of clover : essays in Zen Buddhist ethicsEncouraging words : Zen Buddhist teachings for western studentsThe practice of perfection : the pāramitās from a Zen Buddhist perspectiveOriginal dwelling place : Zen Buddhist essaysA Buddhist Bible
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