Liturgy can be, as one contemporary master called it, “the gate through which we enter the ineffable,” or it can be rote words and empty gestures. It can enliven us, or it can bind us within its strict forms and obscure rituals.
As one who personally knows the power inherent in the Zen liturgy, Shohaku Okumura speaks to both the lyrical and practical truth of eight traditional Buddhist texts. In clear, direct language, he reveals their potential to illuminate and nurture our deepest aspirations and support us in living a life of complete freedom and compassion.
320 pp; pb.