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Publication of a Unique Interpretation of the Fourth Noble Truth

 Unfolding the Eightfold Path: A Contemporary Zen Perspective  documents the author’s study of the Fourth Noble Truth, from his first encounter as a young man, throughout his life as a Zen practitioner, and into his elderhood.

This work presents a unique interpretation of the dynamic nature of the  “right” elements of right view, thought, effort, concentration, mindfulness, speech, action, and livelihood. Nine distinctive explanations for each of the categories explore an evolutionary view of their dynamic change from conceptual knowledge to liberating insight.

  With astute clarification this work offers an in-depth view for engaging the Eightfold Path at any stage of a practitioner’s experience. It offers a map for the transformational outcome of dedicated study, practice, and integration of the Fourth Noble Truth.  

 Unfolding the Eightfold Path demonstrates how to create coherent order out of the insights of a lifetime of practice.

Posted on March 1, 2016
Tending the Fire: An Introspective Guide to Zen Awakening

The title Tending the Fire: An Introspective Guide to Zen Awakening comes from an ancient mondo, the public record of an exchange between a Zen master and disciple.

Prior Soku asked Master Hogen, “What is the student that is I?”

Master Hogen replied, “Children of fire come looking for fire.”

“What is the student that is I?” is the essential inquiry of every Zen practitioner.

Tending the Fire entertains this question with an in-depth investigation into the study and transformation of conditioned states, one of the three aspects of dukkha [cause of suffering]. Tending the Fire introduces an innovative, systematic approach for working with conditioned states that blends Zen training with a Western psychological method of introspection called the Resolution Sequence. The Resolution Sequence is a symbolic means of conveying information that assists practitioners with structuring, organizing, and understanding the process of awakening.

Posted on January 21, 2016
Dokusan with Dogen: Timeless Lessons in Negotiating the Way

Barbara Verkuilen’s offering on Zen practice is being used by a number of Zen Center’s and Zen Groups as a study guide for Precept classes, introductory lessons, as well as a guidebook for experienced practitioner discussion. Its essence captures the high points of her relationships with the pioneering Soto Zen teachers over her 40+ years of temple and monastic practice.

“In the ten essays of Dokusan with Dogen, the author artfully discerns her favorite master’s teachings in an attempt to demystify various elements of Zen thought and philosophy. From the mindful practice of “just sitting” to the concepts of non-attachment, selflessness, and distinguishing [Dogen’s understanding of] greater and lesser miracles, Verkuilen guides us with a gentle literary voice and hand along an old, but relevant spiritual path.”             –U. S. Review of Books

Discounts for bulk orders are available for this title and the others in our catalog. Contact us at 608 274-0822 or for more information.

Posted on November 4, 2015

Firethroat Press LLC is established with the goal of becoming a regional publisher for Zen Buddhist authors of books, training materials for young and old, and historical narratives and accounts that document the founding of the Zen Way in the Midwest.

Posted on January 1, 2011