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The Gateless Gate

Author: Koun Yamada
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861719719
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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.

The Gateless Barrier

Author: Zenkei Shibayama
Publisher: Shambhala Pubns
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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.

Bring Me The Rhinoceros

Author: John Tarrant
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823495
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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.

The Book Of Equanimity

Author: Gerry Shishin Wick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861713877
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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.

Entangling Vines

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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290962
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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.

The Book Of Mu

Author: James Ishmael Ford
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861716434
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Examines the Zen principle of mu and presents the writings of over forty teachers on the practice of mu.

Zen Flesh Zen Bones

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Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
ISBN: 9780140288322
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Zen Buddhism conveys its profound and powerful truths through epigram, parable and brief, enigmatic and often amusing stories of the masters. In addition to 101 Zen Stories,this volume contains The Gateless Gate, a collection of koansor puzzles that students used to attune their minds to enlightenment, and 10 Bulls,and illustrated account of a bull-hunt which symbolizes the ascending stages of awareness. In Centreing,an ancient Sanskrit text at the roots of Zen, Shiva offers '112 ways to open the invisible door of consciousness'. Zen can never be summed up in a bible or definitive body of doctrine, but for anyone seeking the inspiration and illumination of Zen wisdom, these classic texts make the ideal place to start.

The Gateless Barrier

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Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 1466895462
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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.

Unlocking The Zen Koan

Author: Huikai
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ISBN: 9781556432477
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Offers a translation of Chinese Zen koans, or simple tales with surprising depth and meaning

The Hidden Lamp

Author: Florence Caplow
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861716590
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Shares several stories of Buddhist women from all over the world and across time along with commentary on the lessons their stories have to offer.