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By John Daido Loori

The Zen culture has simply major meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting"; and introspection guided via the strong Zen educating tales known as koans. Following within the culture of The artwork of simply Sitting (endorsed as a "A ebook we've wanted for an extended, lengthy time"), this new anthology from John Daido Loori illuminates the delicate perform of koan examine from many alternative issues of view.

Includes writings by:

  • Robert Aitken
  • William Bodiford
  • Robert Buswell
  • Roko Sherry Chayat
  • Francis Dojun Cook
  • Eihei Dogen
  • Heinrich Dumoulin
  • Hakuin Ekaku
  • Victor Sogen Hori
  • Keizan Jokin
  • Philip Kapleau
  • Chung-fen Ming-Pen
  • Taizan Maezumi
  • Dennis Genpo Merzel
  • Soen Nakagawa
  • Ruth Fuller Sasaki
  • Sokei-an Sasaki
  • Nyogen Senzaki
  • Zenkei Shibayama
  • Eido Shimano
  • Philip Yampolsky
  • Hakuun Yasutani
  • Wayne Yokoyama
  • Katsushiro Yoshizawa

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This previous guy within the basic process the day is actually thinking about it, and so harps on it in his letter, so please don't locate it nonsensical and never worthy examining. My desire is that, for those who locate it opportune, you may locate it priceless to others who're into perform and doing Zen interviews and discovering their approach. in any respect occasions, after you have heard the Voice of the one Hand for your self, spur your self on with the wheel of the Vow to by no means provide in; set this bodhisattva perform into motion, as you set the completing touches to the Buddha Dharma. no matter if monk long past out or layman at domestic, with out this spirit of the Vow, even if many sturdy roots you pile up, finally you can't break out from wandering misplaced back in start and loss of life. comprehend for your self the awe the Bodhisattva evokes in us, or even your wandering misplaced in beginning and loss of life as such turns into your price ticket to go away it at the back of. hold this aspect good in brain. additionally, in the event you imagine you've got made a bit development with the only Hand, don't toss it apart, and permit me comprehend in a letter. Please be aware that it used to be in the course of the evening while I wrote this, environment down no matter what got here to brain, forgetting every thing else. I see my handwriting is very wild and unruly, so please don’t express it to somebody else! resource: Hakuin Ekaku 1685–1768, Hakuin Zenji Hogo Zenshu, Vol. 12: Sekishu onjo, Sankyo itchi no ben, Hokyo kutsu no ki, Tosen shiko. Edited and annotated by means of Yoshizawa Katsuhiro. Kyoto: Zenbunka Kenkyusho. Readers attracted to seeing an English model of the unique essay are noted the “Yabukoji” bankruptcy of Philip Yampolsky, The Zen grasp Hakuin: chosen Writings. sleek KOAN COMMENTARIES 9th KOAN Sokei-an Sasaki TWENTY-FIVE ZEN KOANS, MARCH five, 1938 9th KOAN at some point JOSHU WENT to determine the stone bridge with the pinnacle of the clergymen. Joshu puzzled the top of the clergymen: “Who made this stone bridge? ” the pinnacle of the clergymen spoke back, “Li-yuan made it. ” Joshu acknowledged, “When he made it, the place did he first positioned his hand? ” the pinnacle of the clergymen can make no resolution. Joshu acknowledged, “We are conversing approximately a standard stone bridge. To my query you don't know how you can answer—where the builder first positioned his hand. ” this is often the koan. Joshu was once one of many well-known Zen masters of the T’ang Dynasty. He used to be a local of imperative China, close to Nan-yiang, among the Yellow River and the Yangtsze, close to the China Sea. He died whilst he used to be a hundred and twenty years old—897 A. D. i will not checklist right here all these tales approximately Joshu. i've got chosen one of many ones which integrated Nansen whose disciple Joshu was once. while Joshu was once a lad less than the Osho of Kotsu-in, his head was once shaved, however the commandments weren't but given to him. Later he went to Nansen and paid his homage to the grasp whereas he used to be taking a leisure. The grasp requested, “From the place did you are taking your departure? ” Joshu acknowledged, “From the temple of the fortunate picture. ” The grasp stated, “Have you visible the fortunate photo? ” “No, i didn't see the fortunate snapshot, yet I observed the reclining Buddha. ” The grasp stated, “Have you a grasp of your individual or now not?

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