Addressing issues relevant to the twentieth century practitioner, in the context of a tradition spanning 2500 years, Mountain Record of Zen Talks is a collection of teachings both modern and universal. Based on Dharma talks given by John Daido Loori, it explores areas of training that are the focus of practice at the Zen Mountain Monastery: meditation, face-to-face study with the teacher, liturgy, precepts, academics, art practice, body practice, and work practice. Daido Sensai gives special attention to unravelling the enigma of the koan through discussion of several classical Zen texts. He also comments on martial arts, illness and healing, and the importance of egalitarian principles in Western Zen, where men and women, monks and lay practitioners train together as equals.
"The charm of this book lies in the refreshing rearrangement of the classical koans and in their practical expression as they relate directly to the life of each of us." Maezumi Roshi.
"It`s good to see such a solid book emerging from the welter of literature on this subject, and from a Westerner who has undergone long years of equally solid practice." The Middle Way.