Although a reader might get the impression from Zen literature that Zen denigrates ritual, in fact ritual is very important for the practice of Everyday Zen. It is a way of expressing and evoking through bodily action and gesture, what we feel about our lives but often can’t explain. Ritual is something we do, not so much something we talk about, but the lectures below give an overall sense of the how and why of Zen ritual.
This collection of scholarly essays discusses Zen ritual throughout history from a variety of standpoints. Not neces...