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Introduction to Zen TrainingĀ is a translation of theĀ Sanzen Nyumon, a foundational text for beginning meditation students by Omori Sogen--one of the foremost Zen teachers of the twentieth century.

This book addresses many of the questions which arise when someone first embarks on a journey of Zen meditation--ranging from how long to sit at one time to how to remain mindful when not sitting--and it concludes with commentaries on two other fundamental Zen texts,Ā Zazen WasenĀ (The Song of Meditation) and theĀ Ox-Herding Pictures.

Written to provide a solid grounding in the physical nature of Zen meditation training, this text delves into topics such as:

  • Breathing
  • Pain
  • Posture
  • Physiology
  • Drowsiness
  • How to find the right teacher
  • The differences between the two main Japanese schools of Zen: Soto and Rinzai Zen