The Gateless Gate

The Classic Book of Zen Koans

Author: Koun Yamada

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861719719

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism's uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the Mumonkan, one of Zen's greatest collections of teaching stories. This translation was compiled with the Western reader in mind, and includes Koan Yamada's clear and penetrating comments on each case. Yamada played a seminal role in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West from Japan, going on to be the head of the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Community. The Gateless Gate would be invaluable if only for the translation and commentary alone, yet it's loaded with extra material and is a fantastic resource to keep close by: An in-depth Introduction to the History of Zen Practice Lineage charts Japanese-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Japanese conversion charts for personal names, place names, and names of writings Plus front- and back-matter from ancient and modern figures: Mumon, Shuan, Kubota Ji'un, Taizan Maezumi, Hugo Enomiya-Lasalle, and Yamada Roshi's son, Masamichi Yamada. A wonderful inspiration for the koan practitioner, and for those with a general interest in Zen Buddhism.
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The Gateless Gate

The Classic Book of Zen Koans

Author: Koun Yamada

Publisher: Wisdom Publications

ISBN: 9780861713820

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism's uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the Mumonkan, one of Zen's greatest collections of teaching stories. This translation was compiled with the Western reader in mind, and includes Koan Yamada's clear and penetrating comments on each case. Yamada played a seminal role in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West from Japan, going on to be the head of the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Community. The Gateless Gate would be invaluable if only for the translation and commentary alone, yet it's loaded with extra material and is a fantastic resource to keep close by: An in-depth Introduction to the History of Zen Practice Lineage charts Japanese-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Japanese conversion charts for personal names, place names, and names of writings Plus front- and back-matter from ancient and modern figures: Mumon, Shuan, Kubota Ji'un, Taizan Maezumi, Hugo Enomiya-Lasalle, and Yamada Roshi's son, Masamichi Yamada. A wonderful inspiration for the koan practitioner, and for those with a general interest in Zen Buddhism.
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The Gateless Gate

Author: Mumon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781434100658

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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Does a dog have Buddha-nature? Zen master Dogen said yes. Zen master Joshu said no. What do you say? Quick! Answer! Newly designed and typeset for easy reading by Boomer Books.
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The Gateless barrier

Zen comments on the Mumonkan

Author: Zenkei Shibayama

Publisher: Shambhala Pubns

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 384

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Includes the entire "Mumonkan," the collection of spiritual riddles used to train monks and encourage lay Buddhists in their religious development, as well as insightful commentary into the text.
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Entangling Vines

A Classic Collection of Zen Koans

Author: N.A

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614290962

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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Entangling Vines, a translation of the Shumon kattoshu, is one of the few major koan texts to have been compiled in Japan rather than China. Indeed, Kajitani Sonin (1914 - 95), former chief abbot of Shokoku-ji and author of an annotated, modern-Japanese translation of the Kattoshu, commented that 'herein are compiled the basic Dharma materials of the koan system." Most of the central koans of the contemporary Rinzai koan curriculum are contained in this work. A distinctive feature of Entangling Vines is that, unlike The Gateless Gate and Blue Cliff Record, it presents the koans "bare," with no introductions, commentaries, or verses. Its straightforward structure lends the koans added force and immediacy, emphasizing the Great Matter, the essential point to be interrogated, and providing ample material for the rigors of examining and refining Zen experience. Containing 272 cases and extensive note material, the collection is indispensable for serious koan training and will also be of interest for anyone drawn to Zen literature. The present translation had its origins in the discussions between three forward-looking modern Japanese Zen masters and Thomas Kirchner, an experienced Zen monk from America. And Kirchner's careful annotation of each koan makes this a brilliant introduction to Buddhist philosophy.
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Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings

Author: Paul Reps,Nyogen Senzaki

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462902987

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

Koan Practice for Real Life

Author: Guo Gu

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840170

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these myriad opportunities by leading us to certain gates that have traditionally been effective for people to access that marvelous awakening. The forty-eight kōans of the Gateless Barrier (Chinese: Wumenguan; Japanese: Mumonkan) have been waking people up for well over eight hundred years. Chan teacher Guo Gu provides here a fresh translation of the classic text, along with the first English commentary by a teacher of the Chinese tradition from which it originated. He shows that the kōans in this text are not mere stories from a distant past, but are rather pointers to the places in our lives where we get stuck—and that each sticking point, when examined, can become a gateless barrier through which we can enter into profound wisdom.
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The Gateless Barrier

The Wu-Men Kuan (Mumonkan)

Author: N.A

Publisher: North Point Press

ISBN: 1466895462

Category: Philosophy

Page: 332

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The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon), a thirteenth-century master of the Lin-chi (Rinzai) school, it is composed of forty-eight koans, or cases, each accompanied by a brief comment and poem by Wu-men. Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men's text, supplementing the original with his own commentary -- the first such commentary by a Western master -- making the profound truths of Zen Buddhism accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns.
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The Book of Mu

Essential Writings on Zen's Most Important Koan

Author: James Ishmael Ford

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861716434

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 329

View: 3791

Examines the Zen principle of mu and presents the writings of over forty teachers on the practice of mu.
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The Book of Equanimity

Illuminating Classic Zen Koans

Author: Gerry Shishin Wick,Bernie Glassman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861713877

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 331

View: 5370

A thought-provoking collection of Zen koans culls the wisdom of this influencial brand of Buddhism to present a series of "teaching stories" that present spiritual wisdom in interesting ways. Original.
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Two Zen Classics

The Gateless Gate and The Blue Cliff Records

Author: N.A

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825562

Category: Religion

Page: 418

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The strange verbal paradoxes called koans have been used traditionally in Zen training to help students attain a direct realization of truths inexpressible in words. The two works translated in this book, Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate ) and Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Record), both compiled during the Song dynasty in China, are the best known and most frequently studied koan collections, and are classics of Zen literature. They are still used today in a variety of practice lineages, from traditional zendos to modern Zen centers. In a completely new translation, together with original commentaries, the well-known Zen teacher Katsuki Sekida brings to these works the same fresh and pragmatic approach that made his Zen Training so successful. The insights of a lifetime of Zen practice and his familiarity with both Eastern and Western ways of thinking make him an ideal interpreter of these texts.
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Zen

The Authentic Gate

Author: Yamada Koun

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614292655

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Whether a beginner or at the highest level of practice, learn Zen from one of the greatest masters of the twentieth century. Why practice Zen? What sets Zen apart from religion? What are its different practices? These questions, and more, are examined and answered by Zen Master Koun Yamada, whose Dharma heirs include Robert Aitken, Ruben Habito, and David Loy. Through compelling stories and a systematic approach, he guides the reader through creating and sustaining a lifelong practice. Warm and ecumenical in tone, Koun uses the insights of Zen to bring a deeper understanding of faith. Zen: The Authentic Gate is an easy-to-follow guide to creating an effortless and natural practice regardless of background, tradition, or religion.
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Bring Me the Rhinoceros

And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life

Author: John Tarrant

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823495

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Bring Me the Rhinoceros is an unusual guide to happiness and a can opener for your thinking. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans have been passed down through generations of masters, usually in private encounters between teacher and student. This book deftly retells more than a dozen traditional koans, which are partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom. Koans show that you don’t have to impress people or change into an improved, more polished version of yourself. Instead you can find happiness by unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and generally subverting unhappiness. John Tarrant brings the heart of the koan tradition out into the open, reminding us that the old wisdom remains as vital as ever, a deep resource available to anyone in any place or time.
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Unlocking the Zen Koan

A New Translation of the Zen Classic Wumenguan

Author: Huikai

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781556432477

Category: Philosophy

Page: 213

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Offers a translation of Chinese Zen koans, or simple tales with surprising depth and meaning
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The Flowing Bridge

Guidance on Beginning Zen Koans

Author: Elaine MacInnes,Ruben L. F. Habito,Patrick Gallagher

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861715454

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Koans such as ?What is the sound of one hand clapping?” have become part of everyday speech, yet those who encounter them while exploring Zen practice often find them utterly baffling. This book offers valuable guidance on how to work with some of the beginning koans, revealing an uncommon depth of insight and an easeful technical mastery of Zen's most misunderstood and powerful tools. Included are teachings on fundamental koans including Joshu's Dog and The Source of Mu, as well as lesser-known beginner's koans.
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The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Author: Ross Bolleter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614293139

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Discover how the mysterious, powerful form of the koan—known for bringing about sudden enlightenment—can disrupt and illuminate your everyday understanding of life. Traditionally, Zen koans—the teaching stories of Zen—are drawn from the words and teachings of ancient masters and primarily address the concerns of (male) monastic practitioners. In The Crow Flies Backward, Ross Bolleter changes all at. The 108 modern koans offered within address sexuality and childbirth, family, parenthood, work, money and even the nature time itself. These koans are drawn from a variety of modern sources: Western philosophy, the Bible, contemporary and classic literature from Proust to Lewis Carroll and Mary Oliver and Anne Carson, as well as stories provided by author’s encounters with his Zen students. Bolleter’s commentaries provide guidance to the reader on how to engage with each koan and koans in general, and direct guidance to meditate with koans. An appendix offers rarely-seen intimate and in-depth accounts of the process of koan introspection, from four of the author’s senior students.
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Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record

Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei

Author: Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828839

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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The Blue Cliff Record is a classic text of Zen Buddhism, designed to assist in the activation of dormant human potential. The core of this extraordinary work is a collection of one hundred traditional citations and stories, selected for their ability to bring about insight and enlightenment. These vignettes are known as gongan in Chinese and koan in Japanese. Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record is a fresh translation featuring newly translated commentary from two of the greatest Zen masters of early modern Japan, Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768) of the Rinzai sect of Zen and Tenkei Denson (1648–1735) of the Soto sect of Zen. This translation and commentary on The Blue Cliff Record sheds new light on the meaning of this central Zen text.
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The Hidden Lamp

Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

Author: Zenshin Florence Caplow,Reigetsu Susan Moon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614291330

Category: Religion

Page: 440

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The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road. Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher--personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today--and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.
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Zen Sand

Author: Victor Sōgen Hori

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824822842

Category: Religion

Page: 764

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Zen Sand is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of koan meditation to negotiate the difficult relationship between insight and language. As such it represents a major contribution to both Western Zen practice and English-language Zen scholarship. In Japan the traditional Rinzai Zen koan curriculum includes the use of jakugo, or capping phrases. Once a monk has successfully replied to a koan, the Zen master orders the search for a classical verse to express the monk's insight into the koan. Special collections of these jakugo were compiled as handbooks to aid in that search. Until now, Zen students in the West, lacking this important resource, have been severely limited in carrying out this practice. Zen Sand combines and translates two standard jakugo handbooks and opens the way for incorporating this important tradition fully into Western Zen practice. For the scholar, Zen Sand provides a detailed description of the jakugo practice and its place in the overall koan curriculum, as well as a brief history of the Zen phrase book. This volume also contributes to the understanding of East Asian culture in a broader sense.
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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

261 Zen Koans with Answers

Author: Yoel Hoffmann

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1681370220

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 285

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When The Sound of One Hand Clappingcame out in Japan in 1916 it caused a scandal. Zen was a secretive practice, its wisdom relayed from master to novice in strictest privacy. That a handbook existed recording not only the riddling koans that are central to Zen teaching but also detailing the answers to them seemed to mark Zen as rote, not revelatory. For all that, The Sound of One Hand Clappingopens the door to Zen like no other book. Including koans that go back to the master who first brought the koanteaching method from Japan to China in the eighteenth century, this book offers, in the words of the translator, editor, and Zen initiate Yoel Hoffmann, othe clearest, most detailed, and most correct picture of Zeno that can be found. What we have here is an extraordinary introduction to Zen thought as lived thought, a treasury of problems, paradoxes, and performance that will appeal to artists, writers, and philosophers as well as Buddhists and students of religion.
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