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Zen Seeds: Book Study and Meditation: An 8 week study of the text “Zen Seeds” by Zen Master Shundo Aoyama. Click here to purchase the text from Buddha for You.
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Shundo Aoyama is among the foremost Zen teachers in contemporary Japan. Having written over 40 books, she has a wide following among Japanese readers. She is a leading figure in the Soto Zen school and an inspiring example to female Buddhist priests around the world. Chief priest of the Muryo-ji temple and of the Aichi Semmon Niso-do, a training temple for female Soto Zen priests, she has trained more than 50 disciples. Abbess of the Sôtô Zen monastery for the formation of nuns, Shundô Aoyama is one of Japan's most prominent Zen masters.
Considered by her mother as a gift from the Buddha, she entered the temple of Muryô-ji at the age of five, where she received a religious education. At the age of fifteen, she was ordained a nun in the Soto Zen school. After her graduate studies at Komazawa Buddhist University, she began her career as a lecturer, leading sesshin (periods of intensive practice) and teaching the art of tea (Chado), calligraphy (Shodo) and floral arrangement (Kado). Shundô Aoyama is also known as the author of books on Zen Buddhism, such as Zen Seeds.
Zen Seeds: 60 essential Buddhist Teachings on Effort, Gratitude, and HappinessIn this sparkling collection of teachings, Japanese Zen master Shundo Aoyama Roshi offers an entry to the authentic practice of Zen Buddhism. Or, rather, she offers a myriad of entries—for Zen Seeds, as its title suggests, is comprised of brief chapters meant to plant seeds of wisdom and compassion in readers. Ranging from classical Zen sources, such as the teachings of Dogen and the encounter stories of the koans, to anecdotes from Aoyama’s fascinating life and from those of her many students, the book paints a profoundly compelling portrait of the transformative possibilities of Zen. A pioneering female leader in the Soto Zen school, Aoyama Roshi demonstrates the power of practice for anyone seeking to lead a life of greater conviction and spiritual nourishment.