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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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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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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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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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 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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Zen Master Who?

A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen

Author: James Ishmael Ford

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861715098

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

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Zen Master Who? is the first-ever book to provide a history of Zen's arrival in North America, surveying the shifts and challenges to Zen as it finds its Western home. With the exception of parts of Rick Field's How the Swans Came to the Lake, there has been no previous attempt to write this chronicle. James Ishmael Ford begins by tracing Zen's history in Asia, looking at some of Zen's most seminal figures--the Sixth Ancestor Huineng, Dogen Zenji (the founder of the Soto Zen school), Hakuin Ekaku (the great reformer of the Rinzai koan way), and many others--and then outlines the state of Zen in North America today. Clear-eyed and even-handed, Ford shows us the history and development of the institution of Zen--both its beauty and its warts. Ford also outlines the many subtle differences in teachings, training, ordination, and transmission among schools and lineages. This book will aid those looking for a Zen center or a teacher, but who may not know where to start. Suggesting what might be possible, skillful, and fruitful in our communities, it will also be of use to those who lead the Zen centers of today and tomorrow.
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A Buddhist Journal

Guided Practices for Writers and Meditators

Author: Beth Jacobs, Ph.D.

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 162317242X

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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A guided journal that uniquely combines personal writing and meditation—two of the most beneficial self-help processes available In this book, Beth Jacobs—who has taught and written extensively on both Buddhist psychology and therapeutic writing—provides a variety of writing techniques and exercises that are matched with specific Buddhist meditation instructions and teachings. She describes meditation practices and Buddhist concepts along with writing exercises that bring the material to life. Writers will find exercises that deepen their experiences in general and writing in particular. Meditators will find Buddhist concepts clarified and techniques expanded. All readers will discover a laboratory of writing as experimentation, with structures that open ideas, break habits, and combine experience in novel ways.
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