Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan

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The Zen culture has simply major meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting"; and introspection guided through the strong Zen instructing tales referred to as koans.

Following within the culture of The artwork of simply Sitting (endorsed as a "A ebook we now have wanted for an extended, lengthy time"), this new anthology from John Daido Loori illuminates the delicate perform of koan examine from many alternative issues of view.

Includes writings by:
Robert Aitken William Bodiford Robert Buswell Roko Sherry Chayat Francis Dojun prepare dinner Eihei Dogen Heinrich Dumoulin Hakuin Ekaku Victor Sogen Hori Keizan Jokin Philip Kapleau Chung-fen Ming-Pen Taizan Maezumi Dennis Genpo Merzel Soen Nakagawa Ruth Fuller Sasaki Sokei-an Sasaki Nyogen Senzaki Zenkei Shibayama Eido Shimano Philip Yampolsky Hakuun Yasutani Wayne Yokoyama Katsushiro Yoshizawa

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Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on Zen Koan Introspection

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There are now forty-eight of them, which I have not arranged in any order. ” In his postscript, Wu-men Hui-k’ai explains his title, The Gateless Barrier, by appealing to the Zen master Hsüan-sha Shi-pei (835–908), a disciple of the famous Hsüeh-feng I-ts’un at the end of the T’ang period. ” Emancipation and selflessness are the two terms that best characterize the religious efforts of Zen masters in their approach to the Mumonkan collection. To the Zen student, seeking enlightenment by selfless, spontaneous practice, they show the no-gate that leads to emancipation.

The development carries on and is especially productive in our own times; there is no telling where it will lead in the future. But towering over this variegated landscape of the history of Zen are the schools of Rinzai and Soto, embodied in the two great figures of Lin-chi and Dogen. Numerous further developments and new forms fall more or less into one or the other of these two most important expressions of Zen. The divergence, rooted in China, was to become still more pronounced and colorful in the Zen Buddhism of Japan.

In a passage dealing with Kuei-shan, the chronicle reports a similar encounter: The master asked a newly arrived monk what his name was. ” he asked. ” Five Houses of Zen 47 Circles and full moons express perfect enlightenment, the original face one had before one was born, or the cosmic Buddha body. The disciples know full well that they are far from such perfection. This may also be the reason why Zen masters are wont to draw the circle, the most enduring and pervasive of all Zen symbols, whose form they dash off with incomparable skill and always in such a way the powerful brush stroke never returns precisely to the point where it began.

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