Trust, Realization, and Self in the Soto Zen Practice
230pp. September 2015
Trust, Realization, and Self in the Soto Zen Practice
Author: Kinst, Daijaku;
The practice of Zen is, fundamentally, a way to live our lives and all the challenges that they pose, with grace, humor, joy, and deep connection. It is a practice of encounter and realization, an intimate path in which the self and its relationship to all beings are transformed. In Trust, Realization, and the Self in Soto Zen Practice, Zen teacher Daijaku Kinst leads us on an exploration of Zen teachings, including the often confusing topics of emptiness, no self, Buddha nature and the way of the Bodhisattva, and then describes for us qualities that make a full engagement in a life of Zen practice possible. Drawing on the traditional teachings of Soto Zen and including insights found in contemporary psychology, Kinst addresses the challenges that inevitably arise in a life of practice and the central role of trust—a well-founded trust in the teachings, in one's capacity to realize them with others, and ultimately in dynamic reality itself.

This book is the voice of an experienced Zen teacher who invites us into the world of Zen practice with humility, humor, and plain speaking and allows us to consider how we might make this ancient and generous way our own.

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Author: Kinst, Daijaku;
Daijaku Judith Kinst was ordained in the Soto Zen tradition in 1988 and is a dharma successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. After completing formal priest training she went on to obtain a Master’s degree in psychology and licensure as a psychotherapist. During this time she trained as a chaplain in UCSF Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. She completed her Ph.D. in 2004. Her study focused on an investigation of the Buddhist teachings of dependent co-arising, emptiness, and no-self as they relate to the experience of trust, faith and subjectivity in the practice of Soto Zen. Along with teaching classes in Buddhist Pastoral Care, Buddhism and Psychology and Zen Buddhism, she is Director of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. She is also co-teacher of the Ocean Gate Zen Center in Capitola, California.

Dr. Kinst is a member of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Buddhist Christian Studies. She serves on the board of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and is an active member of the American Zen Teachers Association as well as the ASZB, the North American Soto Zen teachers affiliated (kaikyoshi) with the Sotoshu in Japan. She also serves on the editorial board of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry and is member of the Professional Advisory Group for the Spiritual Care Department of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.