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"The secret of happiness lies in the ancient saying 'Become what you are'."
Alan W. Watts [1915-73]

"Zen is using the whole consciousness. Nothing more."
H.R.F. Keating [1926-2011]

"If you could feel but a particle of Divine Love, so great would it be [that] you could not contain it."
— Paramahansa Yogananda [1893-1952]

Movies  On  The  Subject

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? movie   "Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left For The East?" [South Korea Sept 1989, USA 1993]
Film took seven years to complete, using a single camera, and was edited entirely by hand; story of three monks in a remote monastery - an aging master, an orphan boy, and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment • Written, directed, filmed & edited by Yong-Kyun Bae; starring Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang, Su-Myong Ko, Byeong-hui Yun
Milestone Cinematheque Korean-language w/English subtitles color [9/2009] for $19.49
Image Ent. Korean-language w/English subtitles color DVD [2/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Our Life is Like Our Breath documentary by Hartwig Rohrmann  "Our Life Is Like Our Breath" documentary [Germany 2000]
The film describes life at several Buddhist monasteries and retreats in Thailand
A film by Hartwig Rohrmann of Munich/München, Germany
English-language PAL format DVD available from Wisdom Books in U.K. for £16.99
English/German PAL format DVD available from Munich, Germany for €18,00
not listed on IMDb • official movie site
Zen Noir movie poster directed by Marc Rosenbush  "Zen Noir" [indep Sept 2006]
A detective investigating a murder at a Buddhist monastery finds that his logical, left-brain crime-solving methods are ineffective in the non-linear, intuitive world of Zen.
Co-produced, written & directed by Marc Rosenbush; starring Duane Sharp, Kim Chan, Debra Miller, Ezra Buzzington, Jennifer Siebel, Howard Fong
Magic Lamp Releasing color DVD [11/2006] for $19.95
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
The Buddha, A Film by David Grubin from P.B.S.  "The Buddha" [P.B.S. April 2010]
2-hour color documentary film featuring Venerable Bhaddhamanika, the Dalai Lama, Mark Epstein, poet Jane Hirshfield, poet W.S. Merwin, D. Max Moerman, Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, Trinh X. Thuan, Robert Tenzin Thurman, and Kevin Trainor
Produced, written & directed by David Grubin; narrated by Richard Gere
P.B.S. color DVD [4/2010] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Gurukulam documentary film about teacher Dayananda Saraswati  "Gurukulam" [Matson Films Aug 2016]
A group of students and their teacher confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India
109-minute documentary film starring Dayananda Saraswati, produced & co-directed by Jillian Elizabeth, co-directed by Dr. Neil Dalal
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
Amazon Instant Video [8/2016] rental $4.99, purchase $12.99
watch 5/2016 official trailer [2:01] online at YouTube
'Becoming Who I Was' Buddhist movie by Chang-Yong Moon of South Korea  "Becoming Who I Was" [South Korea 2017?]
Announced 2/2017: Marc Schiller’s Bond/360 acquired the exclusive U.S. & Canadian rights to Chang-Yong Moon’s Buddhist documentary film, which was made over an 8-year period. Angdu/Ang-ttu, the reincarnation of a Tibetan high monk who lived 1500 years ago, was born in a secluded village in Tibet. A poor aged monk of a small temple is willing to make Angdu his disciple, but they face a tough and hopeless reality, much harsher than ordinary monks.
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • credits at IMDb
watch 11/2014 official trailer without sound [3:36] online at YouTube

Books  On  The  Subject

Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi  "The Book of Five Rings" [1645] by Miyamoto Musashi
includes Yagyu Munenori's "The Book of Family Traditions On The Art of War"; translation by Thomas Cleary [1974]

Shambhala Press 9x6 pb [12/2000] for $9.95
Audio Renaissance ABR audio [11/90] out of print/used
Hagakure / Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo  "Hagakure: The Book of The Samurai" [Sept 1716]
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Translated by William Scott Wilson

Kodansha Intl pb [3/92] for $9.00
Kodansha Intl hardcover [10/79] out of print/used
Bushido / Way of the Samurai book edited by Justin F. Stone  "Bushido: The Way of The Samurai"
Based on the 'Hagakure' by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Edited by Justin F. Stone, Translated by Minoru Tanaka

Square One 8½x5½ pb [10/2001] for $9.95
Buddhism Doctrines & Methods book by Alexandra David-Neel  "Buddhism: Its Doctrines & Its Methods" [1939 classic]
by Alexandra David-Neel [1868-1969]

Avon pb [8/83] out of print/used
St.Martins Press hardcover [4/78] out of print/used
Manual of Zen Buddhism book by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki  "Manual of Zen Buddhism" [1950, rev 1974]
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

FQ Classics 9x6 pb [1/2007] for $9.99
Grove Press 8¼x5¼ pb [11/87] for $10.40
FQ Classics 9x6 hardcover [6/2007] for $19.99
Zen In The Art of Archery book by Eugen Herrigel  "Zen In The Art of Archery" [1955]
by Eugen Herrigel

Random House 8x5 pb [2/99] for $8.00
Recorded Books audio [7/90] 2 tapes for $18.00
Audio Renaissance [7/90] for $9.95
Some of The Dharma book by Jack Kerouac  "Some of The Dharma" [1956]
by Jack Kerouac [1922-69]

Penguin 11x8½ pb [11/99] for $14.36
Three Pillars of Zen book by Philip Kapleau Roshi  "The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice & Enlightenment" [1965 classic]
Compiled & Edited by Philip Kapleau Roshi [1912-2004]

Kindle Edition from Anchor/Random House [12/2013] for $9.99
Anchor 8x5¼ pb [2/89] for $13.65
Beacon Press pb [2/93] out of print/70+ used
Introduction To Zen Buddhism book by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki  "Introduction To Zen Buddhism" [1966]
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Grove Press 8¼x5¼ pb [11/87] for $8.80
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind book by Shunryu Suzuki  "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" [1970]
by Shunryu Suzuki, edited by Trudy Dixon

Weatherhill 8¼x5¾ pb [3/88] for $8.95
Charles E. Tuttle hardcover [6/70] for $13.56
Method of Zen book by Eugen Herrigel  "The Method of Zen" [1974] by Eugen Herrigel
Edited by R.F. Hull & Alan W. Watts [1915-73]

Random House pb [8/74] for $7.00
Art of Zen Meditation book by Howard Fast  "The Art of Zen Meditation" [1977]
by Howard Fast

Peace Press 9¾x7¾ pb [1977] out of print/used
Peace Press of Culver City, California memorial website
Tao of Pooh book by Benjamin Hoff  "The Tao of Pooh" [1982] by Benjamin Hoff
Penguin Books 7¼x5 pb [7/83] for $9.55 Amazon bestseller
Penguin Books 6¾x5 pb [4/82] out of print/used
Dutton 7½x5½ hardcover [4/82] for $13.48

more info on the "Winnie the Pooh & Friends" Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Zen For Beginners book by Judith Blackstone & Zoran Josipovic  "Zen For Beginners" [1986]
by Judith Blackstone & Zoran Josipovic, Illustrated by Naomi Rosenblatt

For Beginners Books 9x6 pb [8/2007] for $11.66
Writers & Readers Publng 8¼x5½ pb [5/86] out of print/many used
Zen Radicals, Rebels & Reformers book by Perle Besserman  "Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers" [1991]
by Perle Besserman & Manfred Steger

Wisdom Publns 9x6 pb [1/2011] for $11.29
Shambhala Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/91] out of print/used
Te of Piglet book by Benjamin Hoff  "The Te of Piglet" [1992] by Benjamin Hoff
The word 'te' is Chinese for 'the virtue of the small'
Penguin Books 7¼x5 pb [11/93] for $11.52
Penguin Books 7¼x5 pb [1993] out of print/many used
Penguin Books 7¼x5¼ pb [9/92] out of print/used
Dutton 7½x5½ hardcover [9/92] out of print/hundreds used
more info on "Winnie the Pooh & Friends" at Spirit of America Bookstore
Scripture of The Golden Eternity book by Jack Kerouac  
"The Scripture of The Golden Eternity" [1994]
spiritual meditations by Jack Kerouac [1922-69]

City Lights Books 6¼x5 pb [5/94] for $7.15
Big Sky Mind book edited by Carole Tonkinson  "Big Sky Mind: Buddhism & The Beat Generation" [1995]
Edited by Carole Tonkinson

Riverhead 9x5½ pb [9/95] for $12.00
Buddha For Beginners book by Stephen T. Asma  "Buddha For Beginners" [1996]
Written & illustrated by Stephen T. Asma

Hampton Roads Publng 9x6 pb [12/2008] for $10.85
Writers & Readers Publng 9x5¾ pb [9/96] out of print/many used
Buddhism Without Beliefs book by Stephen Batchelor  "Buddhism Without Beliefs" [1997]
by Stephen Batchelor

Riverhead 9x5½ pb [3/98] for $10.40
Riverhead 10x5¾ hardcover [4/97] out of print/used
Zen & The Beat Way book by Alan W. Watts  "Zen and The Beat Way" [1997]
by Alan W. Watts [1915-73]

Charles Tuttle 7x5 pb [6/97] for $11.16
Electronic University audio [7/97] for $18.00
Eastern Philosophy For Beginners book by Jim Powell  "Eastern Philosophy For Beginners" [2000]
by Jim Powell, Illustrated by Joe Lee

For Beginners Books 8¾x6 pb [8/2007] for $11.66
Writers & Readers Publng 9x6 pb [10/2000] out of print/many used
Bop Apocalypse book by John Lardas  "The Bop Apocalypse: The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg & Burroughs" [2001] by John Lardas
Univ IL Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2001] for $39.95

Jack Kerouac PageAllen Ginsberg PageWm. S. Burroughs Page

'Carry Tiger To Mountain' non-fiction book by Stephen Legault  "Carry Tiger To Mountain: The Tao of Activism and Leadership" [2006]
by Stephen Legault, Introduction by Jim Butler

Kindle Edition from Arsenal Pulp Press [2006 edition] for $12.49
Arsenal Pulp Press 9x6 pb [4/2006] for $21.95

Important  Individuals

Bassui Tokusho [1327-87]
browse booksentry at Wikipedia

Mud and Water, Teachings of Zen Master Bassui  "Mud and Water: The Collected Teachings of Zen Master Bassui"
[orig 1989, rev 2002] by Arthur Braverman

Wisdom Publns 9x6¼ pb [10/2002] for $11.66
Weatherhill 8x5 pb [10/89] out of print/used
North Point Press 8¼x5¼ hardcover [10/89] out of print/used

Tenzin Gyatso [b. 1935], 14th Dalai Lama
official websiteIMDb listing [since 1962]Wikipedia

Kyozan Joshu Sasaki [b. 1907]
Rinzai Zen teacher living in U.S.A. since 1962; recently disgraced over long-term sexual misconduct

D.T. Suzuki [1870-1966]
booksentry at Wikipedia

Zen Life, D.T. Suzuki documentary film directed by Michael Goldberg  "A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki" [Marty Gross Films 2007?]
Co-produced & directed by Michael Goldberg; includes video interviews with poet Gary Snyder, Zen master Robert Aitken, religious scholar Huston Smith & cinema critic Donald Richie, and audio of D.T. Suzuki, composer John Cage, psychoanalyst Erich Fromm & Trappist monk Thomas Merton
Marty Gross Films color DVD [2/2008] for $49.95
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Zen Life, D.T. Suzuki Remembered book edited by Masao Abe  
"A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki Remembered [1995]
Edited by Masao Abe, photography by Francis Haar

Shambhala 9x5¾ pb [3/95] for $24.95

Shunryu Suzuki [1904-71]
browse booksentry at Wikipedia

DC's Shunryu Suzuki fansite

Crooked Cucumber / Shunryu Suzuki book by David Chadwick  
"Crooked Cucumber: The Life & Teaching of Shunryu
Suzuki" [1999] by David Chadwick

Diane Publng 8¼x5¼ pb [5/99] for $20.00
Broadway Books 8¼x5½ pb [2/2000] for $23.00
Broadway Books 9¾x6 hardcover [2/99] out of print/used

Maison d'Ętre Philosophy Bookstore's
Alan W. Watts [1915-73] Page

Paramahansa Yogananda [1893-1952]
A religious leader from East India who brought the teachings of meditation and yoga to the West in 1920.
browse books at Amazon • no entry at IMDb • entry at Wikipedia

Self-Realization Fellowship [est. 1920] is based in Los Angeles, California
official S.R.F. websiteS.R.F. entry at Wikipedia

Whispers From Eternity 1929 book by Paramahansa Yogananda  "Whispers From Eternity: A Book of Answered Prayers" [1929]
by Paramahansa Yogananda, Edited by disciple Swami Kriyananda, Foreword by Amelita Galli-Curci

Kindle Edition from Crystal Clarity Publrs [8/2008] for $9.91
Crystal Clarity Publrs 8½x6 pb [8/2008] for $10.43
Self-Realization Fellowship 7¼x4¾ hardcover [1958] out of print/used
Self-Realization Fellowship 7¾x5 hardcover [1/1929] for $19.00
Self-Realization Fellowship hardcover [1/1929] out of print/used
Self-Realization Fellowship hardcover [1/1929] out of print/used
Self-Realization Fellowship Spanish-language 8¼x5¼ pb [9/2008] for $16.50

Metaphysical Meditations 1932 book by Paramahansa Yogananda  "Metaphysical Meditations: Universal Prayers, Affirmations, and Visualizations"
[1932] by Paramahansa Yogananda

Kindle Edition from Self-Realization Fellowship [5/2016] for $4.95
Martino Fine Books 9x6 pb [11/2014] for $4.95
Self-Realization Fellowship 5¼x3¼ {sic} pb [1969] out of print/used
Self-Realization Fellowship 7x5 hardcover [9/32] for $14.95
Autobiography of a Yogi book by Paramahansa Yogananda  "Autobiography of A Yogi" [1946] by Paramahansa Yogananda
considered a spiritual classic, gained a reputation as the go-to book for seekers after recommen-dations by George Harrison [1943-2001] and Steve Jobs [1955-2011]
Kindle Edition with pictures from Start Publng/Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [5/2013] for 99˘
Kindle Edition facsimile from Crystal Clarity Publrs [2003 edition] for $1.87
Self-Realization Fellowship 8½x5¼ pb with audio CD [2000] for $8.89
Rider mass pb [5/55] for $6.90
Crystal Clarity Publrs 9x6 facsimile pb [11/2005] for $11.07
Motilal Banarsidass 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/2002] for $13.50
Self-Realization Fellowship Spanish-language mass pb [6/46] for $8.50
Self-Realization Fellowship Spanish-language 8¼x5½ hardcover [6/46] for $26.84
Life of Paramahansa Yogananda / Early Years on VHS  
"The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda: The Early Years In America, 1920‑1928" [2003]
30-minute VHS tape • not listed at IMDb
Self-Realization Fellowship VHS [2003] for $20.99

"Paramahansa Yogananda: Rare Film Collection" [2004]
three rare short film clips of Paramahansa Yogananda plus half-hour slide-show documentary in color
Crystal Clarity Publrs b&w/color DVD [1/2004] out of prodn/used

Awake 2014 biofilm about Yogananda  "Awake: The Life of Yogananda" [CounterPoint Films Oct 2014]
This 86-minute docufilm is currently most-often used by Self-Realization Fellowship and local groups for fundraising screenings and to seek new members • Co-produced & co-directed by Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman; narrated by Anupam Kher; featuring George Harri-son, Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Ravi Shankar, Krishna Das, Bikram Choudhury, Mas Vidal, Francis Clooney SJ, Varun Soni, Brother Vishwananda, Anand Mehrotra, Sandy Gray, Sri Daya Mata, Brahmachari Martin, Philip Goldberg, Maisha Moses, Banu Dave, Brother Chidananda, Felicia Tomasko, Stefanie Syman, Andrew Newberg, and Herb Jeffries
Alive Mind Cinema widescreen color DVD [10/2015] for $16.99
Amazon Instant Video [10/2015] rental $4.99, purchase $14.99
credits at IMDbofficial movie websitewatch official trailer [2:30] online at YouTube
Yogananda biofilm coffeetable book  companion book to the film [2015]
complete transcription of the film, plus over 400 photographs & illustrations
Self-Realization Fellowship 10x11 hardcover [9/2015] for $29.64
original movie soundtrack album [2015]
Self-Realization Fellowship soundtrack CD [9/2015] for $14.00
original music by Michael Mollura & Vivek Maddala and rare voice recordings of Paramahansa Yogananda; music performers include Krishna Das, Alanis Morissette, Anoushka Shankar, Benjy Wertheimer, Jai Uttal

Related  Links

Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley Japanese Garden
Zen Guide website
Intl. Buddhist Film Festival Los Angeles CA [Nov 2003 = #1]
short story "Zen Story #109" [1979] by G.E. Nordell
Zen Studies Society / Dai Bosatsu in New York
The Zen Center of Los Angeles, California [est. 1967]
The Zen Center of Orange County, in California
Buddhist Links Index
Zenshuji Soto Mission & Temple [est. 1922] in Little Tokyo [Downtown Los Angeles], California
Shakyamuni Buddhist Center in Albuquerque, NM
Intl. Kadampa Buddhist Union
Sweeping Zen [est. 2009] digital archive about Zen Buddhism, based in Ohio

Tricycle Review Quarterly Magazine"Tricycle: The Buddhist Review" Magazine [est. 1991]
4 issues/year for $30.00

Tricycle Review Quarterly [est. 1991] official website

Shambhala Sun Magazine [est. 1995, name changed 2015]
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Buddhadharma Magazine [est. 2002] subscription

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