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Tanahashi, Kazuaki 1933-

Works: 65 works in 199 publications in 3 languages and 4,327 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Prayers  Prayers and devotions  Devotional literature 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Artist, Creator, Contributor, Other, Illustrator
Classifications: BQ9288, 294.3927
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Most widely held works about Kazuaki Tanahashi
Most widely held works by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Essential Zen( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yet the teachings of ancient Chinese masters were recorded by their students, discussed, sometimes chanted, and given out as objects of meditation or koans. And, as Kazuaki Tanahashi points out, "However weird or enigmatic they are, or perhaps because of those very qualities, Zen stories have touched the hearts of people for over a thousand years." In Essential Zen, Tanahashi and Schneider present many of the classic writings regarded as "essential" in the East Asian Zen traditions along with a vibrant assortment of American Zen stories, poems, and teachings that reflect the present flowering of Zen in the West. At turns spare, elegant, witty, deeply serious, and marvelously humorous, these are reflections on everything from practical meditation techniques and the tasks of daily life to death, the environment, and activism. Including a history of Zen and its practices, this is a wonderfully lucid, lively, and comprehensive venture into the enduring, evolving, and essential heart of Zen
Moon in a dewdrop by Dōgen( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enlightenment unfolds : the essential teachings of Zen Master Dogen by Dōgen( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Works written by Dōgen throughout his life, presented in chronological order, beginning with the journal from his study in China, providing a substantial selection from his masterwork, Treasury of the true dharma eye, and concluding with his spare but eloquent death poem. A number of the selections appear here in English for the first time."--Jacket
Penetrating laughter, Hakuin's Zen & art by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and German and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a comprehensive look at the life and works of the eighteenth-century Zen master, Hakuin Ekaku, including paintings, calligraphy and poetry
Endless vow : the Zen path of Soen Nakagawa by Sōen Nakagawa( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true dharma eye : Zen Master Dogen's three hundred koans by Dōgen( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen. Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen's koans. Zen students and scholars will find The True Dharma Eye to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world's greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself."--Publisher's website
The Heart Sutra : a comprehensive guide to the classic of Mahayana Buddhism by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An illuminating in-depth study of one of the most well-known and recited of all the Buddhist texts--by the renowned modern translator. The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures. Chanted daily by many Zen practitioners, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest more recently in the West in various fields of study--from philosophy to quantum physics. In just a few lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release of suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language. Kazuaki Tanahashi's guide to the Heart Sutra is the result of a life spent working with it and living it. He outlines the history and meaning of the text and then analyzes it line by line in its various forms (Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and various key English translations), providing a deeper understanding of the history and etymology of the elusive words than is generally available to the nonspecialist--yet with a clear emphasis on the relevance of the text to practice. This book includes a fresh and meticulous new translation of the text by the author and Roshi Joan Halifax."--Publisher description
Enku, sculptor of a hundred thousand Buddhas by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sky above, great wind : the life and poetry of Zen Master Ryokan by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ryokan (1758-1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He had no dharma heir. Even so, people recognized the depth of his realization, and he was sought out by people of all walks of life for the teaching to be experienced in just being around him. His poetry and art were wildly popular even in his lifetime. He is now regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Edo Period, along with Basho, Buson, and Issa. He was also a master artist-calligrapher with a very distinctive style, due mostly to his unique and irrepressible spirit, but also because he was so poor he didn't usually have materials: his distinctive thin line was due to the fact that he often used twigs rather than the brushes he couldn't afford. He was said to practice his brushwork with his fingers in the air when he didn't have any paper. There are hilarious stories about how people tried to trick him into doing art for them, and about how he frustrated their attempts. As an old man, he fell in love with a young Zen nun who also became his student. His affection for her colors the mature poems of his late period. This collection contains more than 140 of Ryokan's poems, with selections of his art, and of the very funny anecdotes about him
Beyond thinking : a guide to Zen meditation by Dōgen( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spiritual practice is not some kind of striving to produce enlightenment, but an expression of the enlightenment already inherent in all things: Such is the Zen teaching of Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) whose profound writings have been studied and revered for more than seven hundred years, influencing practitioners far beyond his native Japan and the Soto school he is credited with founding. In focusing on Dogen's most practical words of instruction and encouragement for Zen students, this new collection highlights the timelessness of his teaching and shows it to be as applicable to anyone today as it was in the great teacher's own time. Selections include Dogen's famous meditation instructions; his advice on the practice of zazen, or sitting meditation; guidelines for community life; and some of his most inspirational talks. Also included are a bibliography and an extensive glossary
The essential Dogen : writings of the great zen master by Dōgen( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to offer the great master's incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen--and an inspiration to spiritual practice for anyone."--Page 4 of cover
Treasury of the true dharma eye : Zen master Dogen's Shobo genzo by Dōgen( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Shobo Genzo, in Japanese) is a monumental work, considered to be one of the profoundest expressions of Zen wisdom ever put on paper, and also the most outstanding literary and philosophical work of Japan. It is a collection of essays by Eihei Dogen (1200--1253), founder of Zen's Soto school."--Google books
Heart of the brush : the splendor of East Asian calligraphy by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Its history, techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy--with an in-depth practical guide to understanding and drawing 150 characters. A guide to the history and enjoyment of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy that offers the possibility of appreciating it in a hands-on way--with step-by-step instructions for brushing 150 classic characters. This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it's been practiced for centuries in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia. It works as a guide for the beginner hoping to develop an appreciation for Asian calligraphy, for the person who wants to give calligraphy-creation a try, as well as for the expert or afficionado who just wants to browse through and exult in lovely examples. It covers the history and development of the art, then the author invites the reader to give it a try. The heart of the book, called Master Samples and Study, presents 150 characters--from action to zen --each in a two-page spread. On each verso page the character is presented in three different styles, each one chosen for its beauty and identified by artist when possible. The character's meaning, pronunciation (in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), etymology, the pictograph from which it evolved, and other notes of interest are included. At the bottom of the page the stroke order is shown: the sequence of brush movements, numbered in their traditional order. On each facing recto page is Kaz's own interpretation of the character, full page."
Japanese design motifs by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

7 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and Japanese and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You and Japanese brush-writing by Takahiko Mikami( Book )

4 editions published between 1951 and 1961 in English and Japanese and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen chants : thirty-five essential texts with commentary by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Zen chant is like a compass that sets us in the direction of the awakened life; it is the dynamic, audible counterpart to the silent practice of zazen, or sitting meditation; and it is a powerful expression of the fact that practice happens in community. Here is a concise guide to Zen chants for practitioners, as well as for anyone who appreciates the beauty and profundity of the poetry in dharma. An introduction to the practice is followed by fresh and carefully considered translations and adaptations of thirty-five chants-some common and others less well known-along with illuminating commentary
Aikido by Kisshōmaru Ueshiba( Book )

6 editions published between 1968 and 1974 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of aikido, demonstrates basic stances, throws, and defensive tactics, and recommends exercises and drills
A flock of fools : ancient Buddhist tales of wisdom and laughter from the One hundred parable sutra by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The One Hundred Parable Sutra" is known as the most humorous sutra in all of Buddhist literature. Here, Kazuaki Tanahashi, the celebrated translator, calligrapher, and Dogen scholar, and Peter Levitt, an award-winning poet, storyteller, and Zen practitioner, have translated and retold these jewel-like parables with storytelling panache for students, teachers, and seekers everywhere. With appropriate commentary, each tale becomes a simple lesson for everyday living. From the potter who seeks fame to the woman who possesses great lust, these tales are told with a gentle clarity that magnifies our appetites and delusions. In doing so, they become an accurate mirror of the human condition. A Flock of Fools is a perfect little book of wisdom, laughter, and compassion
A white tea bowl : 100 haiku from 100 years of life by Mitsu Suzuki( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A White Tea Bowl is a selection of 100 haiku written by Mitsu Suzuki, the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and published in celebration of her 100th birthday on April 23, 2014. In his wide-ranging introduction, Zen poet and priest Norman Fischer describes the formative impact on her life of war in Japan and social upheaval in America, and places her poetry in the evolution of haiku as an international form. Part I: 100 Haiku presents a kaleidoscope of poems by Mitsu Suzuki that touch all aspects of her being: her dedication to the Buddha way and the formal life of the temple, the loneliness of a widow's life, her generational role as "Candy Auntie," her sensitive attunement to nature, and her moments of insight into the dharma. The more you read these haiku, the more their wisdom will emerge. Part II: Pickles and Tea contains reminiscences and anecdotes about Mitsu Suzuki by those who lived and studied with her at San Francisco Zen Center: Reb Anderson, Victoria Austin, Ed Brown, Peter Coyote, Yvonne Rand, Paul Rosenblum, Mary Watson. Often these meetings took place in Mitsu's kitchen where she provided countless cups of tea, cookies, and homemade pickles as well as sage advice"--
Brush mind : text, art, and design by Kazuaki Tanahashi( Book )

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

"A humorous book on Zen brushwork and calligraphy. Brush Mind provides insights into the philosophy of art with a collection of writings with only a few simple words. Every other page in the main section of this book shows an imaginative one-stroke painting created in monochrome."
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Essential Zen
Moon in a dewdropEnlightenment unfolds : the essential teachings of Zen Master DogenEndless vow : the Zen path of Soen NakagawaThe true dharma eye : Zen Master Dogen's three hundred koansBeyond thinking : a guide to Zen meditationTreasury of the true dharma eye : Zen master Dogen's Shobo genzoA flock of fools : ancient Buddhist tales of wisdom and laughter from the One hundred parable sutraBrush mind : text, art, and design
Alternative Names
Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi Japanese calligrapher

Kazuaki Tanahashi japanischer Künstler und Friedensaktivist

Kazuaki Tanahashi Japans vertaler

Tanahashi, Ikkō

Tanahashi, Ikkō 1933-

Tanahashi, Kaz

Tanahashi Kazuaki

Tanahashi Kenesu

タナハシ, イッコウ, 1933-

タナハシ, カズアキ

タナハシ, ケネス

棚橋, 一晃

棚橋一晃 1933-

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German (2)

Japanese (2)