Two Zen Classics: Mumonkan and Hekiganroku
A. V. Grimstone, Katsuki Sekida
Weatherhill, 1977 - Religion - 413 pages
The strange verbal paradoxes called koans have been used in Zen training to help students attain a direct realization of truths inexpressible in words. The two works translated in this book, Mumonkan ( Gateless Gate ) and Hekiganroku ( 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. In a completely new translation, together with original commentaries, 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 Western as well as Eastern ways of thinking make him an ideal interpreter of these texts.
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absolute samadhi action activity of consciousness answer appears attained Baso Baso's Bodhidharma Bodhisattva Buddha Buddha Nature Buddhism called China Chinese Chokei conceptual delusive Dharma battle Dharmakaya disciple dragon emptiness Engo Engo's Introduction enlightenment experience flower Fuketsu Ganto gate Gensha Gutei hearing heaven Hekiganroku Hofuku holding fast Hyakujo Isan Joshu Kashyapa kensho koan Kokushi Kyogen Kyozan Mahakashyapa Main Subject Manjusri meaning mind monastery monk asked monk's mountain Muchaku Mumon's Verse Mumonkan Nansen National Teacher Nirvana Notes Obaku one's ordinary Osho Patriarch positive samadhi preaching pure cognition question realization Rinzai Ryutan Sansho Seizei Sekiso Seppo Setcho says Setcho's Verse Shakyamuni Shakyamuni Buddha silent staff Subject A monk Sutra sword Taiyu talking teaching tell temple things thinking third nen thousand Tokusan Tosu Tozan transcends translated true truth Ummon understanding wisdom words zazen Zen masters Zen practice Zen spirit Zen students Zen Training Zengen Zuigan