Zen Buddhism - The Path to Enlightenment - Special Edition

ABOUT Shawn Conners

Shawn Conners
Shawn Conners is an author and editor for El Paso Norte Press, Special Edition Books and Traveling Press. Since 2005, he has contributed to over 50 publications, including hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions.



Siddhartha Gautama, the Indian philosopher also known as Buddha Gautama, is believed to have attained Enlightenment sometime in the middle of the 5th century before the Common Era, while meditating under a Bodhi tree. From that time of enlightenment until his death, by which he entered Nirvana, he traveled by foot around the countryside of India, teaching others his philosophy of the Middle Path. The foundations of Buddhist tradition and practice are often called the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (teachings), and the Sangha (community).

Presented in this modern special edition is a unique selection of the ancient texts which would follow the path of the Silk Road from India to China to Japan, and evolve into the school of thought known today as Zen Buddhism. This path follows the Indian Mahayana verses from the Dhammapada, to a collection of Buddhist sutras (or scriptures) transcribed from Chinese texts, and finally concludes with the Threefold Lotus, the three Pure Land sect sutras favored in Japan.

Within the texts, the reader will find the Noble Eightfold Path, the 10 Major Precepts, the 48 Minor Precepts, the teachings of Ananda, the teachings of Bodhidharma, the Twin Verses of the Dhammapada, the Brahma Net Sutra and other basic tenets of Buddhism. The verses, sutras and texts stand on their own, as they have for centuries, to be interpreted by those who seek a deeper understanding of the world, and spiritual enlightenment.

Excerpt from Zen Buddhism - The Path to Enlightenment - Special Edition. Reprinted by permission - All rights reserved.

The Buddha said: "There are two aims which he who has given up the world ought not to follow after - devotion, on the one hand, to those things whose attractions depend upon passions, a low and pagan ideal, fit only for the worldly-minded; ignoble, unprofitable; and the practice on the other hand of asceticism, which is painful, ignoble, and unprofitable.

"There is a Middle Path discovered by the Tathagata-- a path which opens the eyes, and bestows understanding, which leads to peace, to insight, to the higher wisdom, to Nirvana. It is the Noble Eightfold Path..."


The Eastern Philosophy - Special Edition series also includes:


Tao - The Way - Special Edition (Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle)


The Teachings of Confucius - Special Edition (Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle)