The Iron Flute: 100 Zen Kōans

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Tuttle, 2000 - Religion - 153 pages
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Koans are the intellectually unsolvable problem riddles at the core of the Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism. Though widely recognized, most koan remain narrowly understood. In this new edition, 100 of the most challenging and enlightening koan from the Chinese Ch'an patriarchs of the T'ang and Sung dynasties are presented, along with commentary from three Zen masters, offering guidance to their larger application to everyday life. There is also a biography of Nyogen Senzaki, a Zen Buddhist pioneer in the West.

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Nyogen Senzaki was one of the first Zen masters to come to the United States from Japan. He has authored the Zen classics "Like a Dream, Like a Fantasy, Buddhism "and "Zen" (co-authored with Ruth McCandless), and the bestselling "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones."
Ruth Strout McCandless was a student of Senzaki and his collaborator in translating a series of Buddhist texts over many years.

Steve Hagen is a Zen priest, a longtime teacher of Buddhism, and the author of the bestselling Buddhism Plain and Simple and Buddhism Is Not What You Think. Hagen began studying Buddhism in 1967. In 1975 he became a student of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, and in 1979 he was ordained a Zen priest. Steve lives in Minneapolis, where he lectures, teaches meditation, and writes. He is currently head teacher at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in Minneapolis.

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