Ordinary Enlightenment

Ordinary Enlightenment

A Translation of the Vimalakirti Nirdesa

By Charles Luk; Charles Luk (Translator); Taizan Maezumi Roshi (Foreword by)

Shambhala, Paperback, 9781570629716, 184pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2002

This classic scripture of Mahayana Buddhism and Zen emphasizes spiritual practice in the midst of secular life. Composed in about the second century CE, "The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra " tells the story of a householder named Vimalakirti who lived a worldly life while following the Bodhisattva path. This sutra is particularly applicable to Western students of Buddhism because it teaches that people in the secular life can practice Buddhism as effectively as members of monastic communities. The translator provides an accurate and accessible text complete with explanatory notes and a glossary.

About the Author

Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995) was a seminal figure in the transmission of Zen Buddhism to the West. He was founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) from 1967 to 1995 and of Zen Mountain Center from 1978 to 1995. He and his successors also founded Zen centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Maezumi Roshi established The Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values, which promotes Buddhist scholarship and publishes, with the University of Hawaii Press, translations of East Asian Buddhist classics. He coauthored "On Zen Practice: Foundation of Practice, On Zen Practice II: Body, Breath and Mind," and "The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment." He also provided the commentary for "The Way of Everyday Life: Zen Master Dogen's Genjokoan."

Praise For Ordinary Enlightenment

"This is the only translation of this work from the Chinese, and it is eminently accessible. An archetypal source for lay students, I enjoy it for its depth and its humor."—Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen