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    The Arts and Ethics of Zen Temples: Shokoku-ji

    With English starting from the front cover and Japanese from the back, this helpful guidebook delves in to the historical Zen temples of Kyoto and Kamakura. Dive into the world of wisdom and beauty with stunning photographs of National Treasures and priceless Buddhist art, brought to you by the Shogakukan publishing house. Part of a timeless series exploring ten of the most prolific holy places of Japan.

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    Everything Kōfuku-ji: History, Teachings, Art

    The Tenpyō era (729-749) Buddhist monastery Chū-Kondō in Nara has been rebuilt to stand at original size for the first time in 300 years. This handy book will teach you everything you need to know about the history and teachings of the temple in clear and simple terms. Complete with over 150 photographs and descriptions of Japan’s most precious Buddhist art and national treasures, including the Asura and statue of Buddha by the sculptor Unkei (1148-1224).

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    Zen and Food

    Famous works by Dōgen, the grandfather of Zen Buddhism, explained by prominent monk-professor and “leading garden designer” Shunmyō Masuno. Luxurious, yet simple meals and the heart of Zen-style cooking at the start of each and every shining new day.

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    Gazing Zen

    Just by gazing at an open page in this book, one’s heart becomes calm and quiet. The work features both the Zen garden in stunning photographs and words that have penetrated the heart of renowned monk Shunmyō Masuno. A book to aid the troubles and worries of the modern man.

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    Ise Jingu: Jouan

    Every twenty years, Ise Shrine is restored in the ancient Shikinen Sengu ceremony. The climax of the ritual, when the deity is transferred to the new shrine, is conducted in "jouan"—the “purity of darkness.” Commemorating the 62nd Shikinen Sengu that took place in 2013, this photo collection explores themes of darkness and light in its exquisite portrayals of the ceremony.

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    Shinto Shrine (Bilingual Guide to japan)

    Written in both English and Japanese. This unique handbook provides a basic introduction to Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan, including prayer etiquette at shrines, ceremonies conducted for life events from childhood through old age, and famous shrines in Japan. A perfect gift for anyone planning to visit Japan or interested in Japanese culture.

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    Buddhist Statuary (Bilingual Guide to Japan) 

    This unique handbook provides a handy introduction to Butsuzo (Buddhist statues), ranging from types and materials to the meaning of different hairstyles and attire, and even recommended temples. This is a must-read guidebook for anyone planning to visit Japan, and a perfect gift for readers interested in Buddhism. Written in both English and Japanese.