Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these. Our teaching makes our mind the principle and the gateless gate its very gate. this barrier shall meet with Joshu face to face and also see with the same eyes. The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon).
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Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama
Quite the opposite in fact. Excellent translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans. As with the main koans, each caveat challenges the Zen student’s attachment to dualistic concepts, here those especially related to Zen practice. Denver Shambhala Nonprofit Organization. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Dax rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Shibayama Zenkeian influential Japanese Zen teacher and calligrapher who traveled and lectured th For more than seven centuries the Mumonkan has been used in Zen monasteries to train monks and to encourage the religious development of lay Buddhists.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 14, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful writing by Shibayama, very complete and written at a meditative pace.
Idiomatic expressions are explained and ambiguous translations explicitly stated as such E. Published January 1st by North Point Press first published This book required a complete departure from how I normally read and the way that I think about things. Jan 01, John Porcellino rated it it was amazing Shelves: His teachings were transcribed and after the training period were compiled into the collection called the Wumen Guan. Dharma transmission Zen lineage charts Zen ranks and hierarchy Zen organisation and institutions Zen Narratives.
There are vastly many more koan than appear here, but these are the ones chosen by Unmon he felt most gateldss in the teaching of his students.
I finally just read all of Yamada Koun Roshi’s Mumonkan and so I read doesn’t strike me as amazing at this moment but I know darn well that it is.
However, in the Buddhist sense, the term is often used to refer to a particular “aspect” or “method” of the Dharma teachings. Wikipedia has some interesting things bzrrier say about the translation of the title alone, and they’re illustrative of the dense, multilayered meanings in the work itself: See gageless of Zen Center of Denver on Facebook.
Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan
It contains forty- eight koansor spiritual riddles, that must be explored during the course of Zen training. Phil rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Read the first chapter and if it looks like something you’d enjoy mulling over, you’d probably like the entire text.
The title has a double meaning and can also be understood as Wumen’s Barrier ; the compiler’s name, which literally means “No Gate”, is the same as the title’s first two characters. Published December 5th by Shambhala first published The Gatepess Gate – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The essays on each koan are meticulously written and give the reader a solid background on the teachers involved in each case and place each koan within a historical and cultural context. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men’s text, supplementing the original with his own commentary — the first such commentary by a Western master — making the profound truths of Zen Buddhism accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns. Ceezy McBleezy rated it it gatelesd amazing May 05, Wikipedia has some interesting things to say about the translation of the title alone, and they’re illustrative of the dense, multilayered meanings in the work itself:.
Timothy Hansell rated it really liked it Oct 18, I’ve done a number of Zen retreats and never got anywhere with koan study, but the level of insight Aitken brings to these essays ensures that isnt’a barrier to my getting something from this book.
The text was originally prepared by Wumen as a record of his teaching during a monastic training period held at Longxiang Soaring Dragon monastery in the summer of Anthony rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Sarah R Hoffman rated it it was amazing Mar 15, James rated it really liked it Aug 15, North Point Press,