Downloads

Downloads are (for the most part) short essays on particular practice topics. They are not intended as exhaustive explanations, but focus on expanding one or two aspects of the subject for deepening understanding.

Submittals for Downloads are invited from Buddhist practitioners. Contact Firethroat Press at for details on form and content.

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  • Eightfold Path Charts
    Eightfold Path Charts

    The Eightfold Path Charts are full size copies of the charts found in Unfolding the Eight Fold Path: A Contemporary Zen Perspective


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  • Tending the Fire: An Introspective Guide to Zen Awakenings –– Figures 1–6
    Tending the Fire: An Introspective Guide to Zen Awakenings –– Figures 1–6

    8.5″ X 11″ copies of Figures 1-6 from the book Tending The Fire.


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  • The Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice
    The Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice

    The Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice presents a practical combination of the Eightfold Path and the basic tenets of Mahayana Buddhism.


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  • Types of Meditation
    Types of Meditation

    Types of Meditation offers descriptions of two non-Buddhist meditations and three Buddhist practices. The examples will illustrate the differences and similarities between basic meditation disciplines.


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  • The Creative Process of Dokusan
    The Creative Process of Dokusan

    By Paula Hirschboeck.  The Creative Process of Dokusan offers a systematic approach for meeting with a teacher and to integrate the information that arises from that meeting.


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  • The Brahma Viharas
    The Brahma Viharas

    This account will focus on the personal and universal aspects of the Brahma Viharas, how they interact, and their effect on an individual’s life.


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  • Dōgen and the Five Ranks
    Dōgen and the Five Ranks

    Dōgen and the Five Ranks compares the Five Ranks of Zen Master Tung-shan and five statements of Master Dōgen from the fourth verse of his famous Genjo Koan.


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  • Buddhism and Francis Bacon
    Buddhism and Francis Bacon

    This essay examines the ancient and contemporary commonalities of the ground breaking teachings of Gautama Buddha and Francis Bacon.


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  • Music in the Moment
    Music in the Moment

    By Chris Hyatt.  Music in the Moment provides audio examples of Zen insights into the nature of time. 


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  • The Backward Step
    The Backward Step

    By Doug Mead.  The Backward Step illustrates one practitioners deepening appreciation of Dogen’s teaching “that turns your light inwardly to illuminate yourself.” 


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