Two Zen classics: Mumonkan and Hekiganroku
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 attained Baso Baso’s blows Bodhidharma Bodhisattva Buddha Nature Buddhism called choice and attachment Chokei clouds comes conceptual death Dharma battle Dharma Seal Dharmakaya disciples Dogo dragon emptiness ENco’s INTRODUCTION Engo Engo’s enlightenment eyes ﬁnd ﬁne ﬁnished ﬁre ﬁrst nen ﬁve ﬂower Fuketsu Ganto gate Gensha hear Hekiganroku Hofuku holding fast holy Hyakujo Isan joshﬁ kensho koan Kokushi Kyogen Kyozan letting go Mahakashyapa MAIN SUBJECT Manjusri means mind monk asked monk’s mountain Muchaku MUMON’s VERSE Mumonkan Nansen NOTES Obaku one’s ordinary Osho Patriarch positive samadhi prajna preaching pure cognition question realization reﬂect Rinzai Sansho Sekiso Seppo Setcho says SETCHo’s VERSE SETCIIO’s spirit SUBJECT A monk Sutra sword Taiyu talk teacher teaching tell temple things third nen thousand tiger Tokusan Tosu Tozan transcends true Ukyﬁ Ummon understanding Ungan words Yakusan zazen Zen master Zen practice Zen students Zen training Zengen