“Kazuaki Tanahashi’s Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism delivers exactly what its subtitle promises—and much more. Most books on the sutra provide expositions of the by now well-known emptiness teachings (however much those teachings continue to resist our understanding). But such exposition, though lucidly present here, is the least of what this book offers. In addition, it traces the history of the text, its translation, and its dissemination throughout Asia and the West in ancient and modern times, and it includes a discussion of important and ground-breaking contemporary scholarship. It includes a biography of Xuanzhang, the sutra’s most famous Chinese translator, who famously journeyed to India to find it, as well as the recounting of a contemporary pilgrimage to a Korean monastery to see the oldest existing woodblock prints of the text. Its longest section is a line-by-line comparison of versions of the text in English and several Asian languages, full of useful nuance. In short, this astonishing work of loving scholarship, written with Kaz’s usual deft touch, is a must-have for any serious Dharma student.”—Zoketsu Norman Fischer, poet and Zen priest, author of Escape This Crazy Life of Tears and Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong
“For all who love the Dharma, Kaz’s study of the Heart Sutra is a true boon—it serves us as introduction, history, toolbox, and treasure chest of teachings. It reads as a love story, a detective story, and yet it is a stunning scholarly resource. As inspiration, as reference, as deep study, this work is unsurpassable!”—Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, author of Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges
Kazuaki Tanahashi(棚橋一晃, c. 1933) is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher, Zen teacher, author and translator of Buddhist texts from Japanese and Chinese to English, most notably works by Dogen (he began his translation of Shobogenzo in his twenties). He first met Shunryu Suzuki in 1964, and upon reading Suzuki's book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind he stated, "I could see it's Shobogenzo in a very plain, simple language." He has helped notable Zen teachers author books on Zen Buddhism, such as John Daido Loori. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science—Tanahashi is also an environmentalist and peaceworker.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (2016). Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 9781611801347.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (2015). Zen Chants: Thirty-Five Essential Texts with Commentary. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 9781611801439.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (2015). The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 9781611800968.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (2011). Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shōbōgenzō. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 978-1590304747.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (2006). Lotus. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-277-3.
- Lao Tzu (2005). The Tao te Ching: A New Translation. Translated by Hamill, Sam. Kazuaki Tanahashi (calligraphy). Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-59030-011-4.
- Loori, John Daido (2005). The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans. Kazuaki Tanahashi (trans.). Shambhala. ISBN 1-59030-242-7.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki; Peter Levitt (2004). A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from the One Hundred Parable Sutra. Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-4133-1.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (Editor); Dogen (2004). Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-59030-024-6.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (2001). Miracles of the Moment. Brush Dance. ISBN 1-891731-83-1.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki; Dogen (1999). Enlightenment Unfolds. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-57062-570-0.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (Translator, Editor); Dogen (1995). Moon In a Dewdrop. North Point Press. ISBN 0-86547-186-X.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki; David Schneider (1994). Essential Zen. HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 0-06-251046-0.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (1990). Brush Mind. Parallax Press. ISBN 0-938077-29-5.
- Tanahashi, Kazuaki (1984). Penetrating Laughter: Hakuin’s Zen and Art. The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-280-6.
- Tanahashi (1982). Enku: Sculptor of a Hundred Thousand Buddhas. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 0-394-74882-4.
- Ueshiba, Morihei (1962). Aikido. Translated by Kaizuaki Tanahashi; Roy Maurer Jr. Hozansha.