The Practice of Zen

Zen can offer something very simple, very direct and readily accessible to anyone seeking inner peace, seeking healing in some form, or seeking answers to questions such as ‘Who am I?’ ‘How can I find meaning in my life?’ ‘How can I live in a most authentic way?’

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Recovery of Our Shadow Recovery of Our Shadow

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Healing Breath (Orbis Books).
A dimension of our existence that depth psychologists have called to our attention is that of our shadow. This refers to that “dark” side of our …

The Zen Teacher As Midwife The Zen Teacher As Midwife

by Ruben Habito
Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Healing Breath (Orbis Books).
In Zen practice, one cannot emphasize enough the vital role of the Zen teacher who has charted the paths of this arduous journey to the core …

Rediscovering the Breath Rediscovering the Breath

by Ruben Habito
Excerpted from Healing Breath (Orbis Books)
It seems that most of us living in this fast-paced contemporary society have actually forgotten how to breathe. Not that we have ceased to perform the biological function …

When No Wind Stirs: A Tale of Enlightenment and Love When No Wind Stirs: A Tale of Enlightenment and Love

By Ruben Habito
Foreword to Thomas Hand, S.J.,
If you were told by an authoritative source that you would die within a few months, how then would you spend those last precious months of your life on …

Foreword to The Gateless Gate Foreword to The Gateless Gate

by Ruben Habito
Koun Yamada Roshi (1906-1989), author of this volume of Zen talks (teisho) on a thirteenth-century collection of koans entitled Gateless Gate (Wumen-kuan), is most likely to be remembered in posterity as one of …

Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans

by Ruben Habito
Invitation to an Inward Journey
The Zen experience of kensho, or “seeing one’s true nature,” is a pivotal point in a practitioner’s spiritual path. While for some it can be a spectacular event that …