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By Katsuki Sekida

The unusual verbal paradoxes known as koans were used typically in Zen education to aid scholars reach a right away consciousness of truths inexpressible in phrases. the 2 works translated during this e-book, Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate ) and Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Record), either compiled throughout the track dynasty in China, are the easiest identified and most often studied koan collections, and are classics of Zen literature. they're nonetheless used at the present time in various perform lineages, from conventional zendos to trendy Zen facilities. In a very new translation, including unique commentaries, the well known Zen instructor Katsuki Sekida brings to those works an analogous clean and pragmatic method that made his Zen education such a success. The insights of a life of Zen perform and his familiarity with either japanese and Western methods of pondering make him a terrific interpreter of those texts.

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Whilst tested with a real eye, neither of those nice masters is familiar with the line. MUMON’S VERSE prior to a step is taken, the target is reached; ahead of the tongue is moved, the speech is done. although each one stream is sooner than the following, there's nonetheless a transcendent mystery. NOTES Kempō Oshō. Little is understood of Kempō other than that he used to be a disciple of Tōzan, the founding father of the Sōtō sect. • Bhagavats within the ten instructions. Buddhas (Bhagavats) are came across all over (in the 10 directions). there's not anything yet Buddhas. • One immediately street to Nirvana. A wide, point road ends up in Nirvana. The monk quoted those traces from the Surangama Sutra. • I nonetheless ask yourself the place the line could be. “Swayed via phrases, one is misplaced; / Blocked via words, one is bewildered” (Case 37). This monk used to be looking for fact within the strains of the sutra, and used to be blocked and bewildered via them. phrases and words will not be in charge. yet first you want to perform; you then will locate that phrases and words are very important. • Kempō lifted his employees, drew a line, and acknowledged, “Here it really is. ” Kempō drew a line within the air, or even at the floor. besides, he confirmed that the line used to be round the corner yet the following sooner than the monk. • Ummon . . . held up his fan. Kempō used his employees, Ummon his fan. either used the thing handy as an instantaneous and spontaneous image of Bhagavat, Nirvana, and the line. Kempō’s representation used to be basic, yet Ummon’s was once difficult. His fan jumped as much as heaven. The thirty-third heaven is the top a part of the universe, and the deity Sakra Devanam Indra presides there. those mythological figures have been known to Zen scholars, simply as Greek mythology is primary to Westerners. Ummon’s fan rose to the top position within the universe and played a conspicuous motion in notable the best deity. yet those phrases of Ummon’s are a bit extra complex than his traditional acute, pithy utterances. He should have been in a peaceful temper, in a nation of playful samadhi. He didn't cease the following yet went additional. • in the event you strike the carp of the jap sea, the rain comes down in torrents. The carp of the jap sea is usually a mysterious being. while the time comes, it turns into a dragon and ascends to heaven, observed by means of a stormy wind and black clouds of torrential rain. this can be a metaphorical description of a monk’s reaching enlightenment. • One retaining speedy, the opposite letting cross. There are stages in Zen job, which we could name maintaining quickly, or greedy, and letting move, or liberating. within the former a Zen grasp is adverse, shut, critical, and exacting; within the latter he's confident, open, cozy, and beneficiant. (See the notes to Case four of Hekiganroku for a extra wide dialogue of this element. ) • One, going to the ground of the ocean, lifts up clouds of dirt. Going to the ground of the ocean is “close,” yet he lifts up clouds of airborne dirt and dust, that's “open. ” • the opposite, on most sensible of the top mountain, increases towering waves to scrub the sky. status at the most sensible of the top mountain is “open,” yet elevating towering waves to scrub the sky is unapproachable.

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