Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans

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Rodmell Press, May 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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Zen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples at the moment of enlightenment or near-enlightenment. These stories have long fascinated Western readers because of their wisdom, humor, and enigmatic quality. Drawing on over 30 years of practice and teaching, Richard Shrobe (himself a recognized Zen Master) has selected 22 cases from The Blue Cliff Record and Wu-men-kuan that he finds deeply meaningful and helpful for meditation practice. In Elegant Failure, he provides a wealth of background information and personal anecdotes for each koan that help to illuminate its meaning without detracting from its paradoxical nature. As Shrobe reminds us, "The main core of Zen teaching is the bare bones of what is there. In a certain sense, embellishing a story takes away from the central teaching: Don't embellish anything, just be with it as it is."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
C ha p t e r 1Yenkuans Rhinoceros Fan
7
C ha p t e r 2Makus TwoPlace Ring Staff
15
C ha p t e r 3Yaoshans Elk of Elks
25
C ha p t e r 4National Teacher Chungs SeamlessMonument
37
C ha p t e r 5Nanchuans Flowering Tree
49
C ha p t e r 6Teshan Carrying His Bundle
59
C ha p t e r 7Yangshan Asks Sansheng What IsYour Name?
71
C ha p t e r 1 3Yunmens Bell Sound and SevenFold Robe
135
C ha p t e r 1 4Tungshans Three Pounds of Flax
147
C ha p t e r 1 5Hsuanshas Three Kinds of Sick People
157
C ha p t e r 1 6You Are Huichao
167
C ha p t e r 1 7Hsianglins Meaning of the Comingfrom the West
173
C ha p t e r 1 8Toushuais Three Gates
183
C ha p t e r 1 9Manjushris Before Three Three
195
C ha p t e r 2 0Vimalakirtis NotTwo Dharma Gate
205

C ha p t e r 8Tungshans No Cold or Hot
81
C ha p t e r 9Teshan Carrying His Bowls
93
C ha p t e r 1 0Sanshengs Golden FishWho Has Passed Through the Net
105
C ha p t e r 1 1Hoshans Knowing How to Hit the Drum
115
C ha p t e r 1 2Juiyen Calls Master
125
C ha p t e r 2 1The Diamond Sutras Extinctionof Sinful Karma
213
A Woman ComesOut of Samadhi
223
About the Author
233
Index
235
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Richard Shrobe (Zen Master Wu Kwang) is the guiding teacher of the Chogye International Zen Center in New York City. For more than twenty-five years he has been teaching in the Kwan Um School of Zen, the largest Zen organization in America. He is a musician, a social worker, and a certified Gestalt psychotherapist in private practice. He is also the author of "Open Mouth Already a Mistake.

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