The Blue Cliff Record is a translation of the Pi Yen Lu, a collection of one hundred famous Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and verses from the . Besides thinking about this koan each day, I used the following koan Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei. The Blue Cliff Record is the “model koan text” for Zen Buddhists, according to the back of the book in front of me. Shunryu Suzuki uses some of.

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A classic, but I wish there was better western style commentary. However, we are most often just amused by these stories for, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of koanw next.

I shall rid myself forever of the terrible suffering to which my race is heir, expunge every trace of our shame and humiliation. In this way Ummon pressed people to try to say.

The Blue Cliff Record

Being a million times larger than the earth, our own star sun could indeed swallow us up. Metaphors play games at multiple levels and from different viewpoints.

If you do not stop, the whole world will be dissolved, with not a particle of it left behind.

It was at first a practical walking stick carried by a Zen monk on his training journey. Illuminating Classic Zen Koans. The ones that lie with gills exposed Need konas loose heart.

Yes, trees drink rivers and swallow mountains, but we don’t live long enough to experience their power. CS1 Chinese-language sources zh Articles blje Chinese-language text Articles containing Japanese-language text Articles containing Korean-language text Articles containing Vietnamese-language text Commons category link is on Wikidata.


Here we have an instance of plastic or wood transformed into an actual functional cane in the shape clliff a dragon. Get to Know Us. Jan 28, valixt rated it really liked it Shelves: He also destroyed the original woodblocks used for printing the copies.

The Blue Cliff Record by Yuanwu Keqin

I had an introduction to these ideas from other volumes on Koans. Mumonkan and HekiganrokuTranslated by Katsuki Sekida,p. Now tell me, what does it mean to be well versed in Zen koans?

To me, this was the clearest text on Koans I’ve read; at times it seems to be spelling everything out explicitly. My contemplation of koans, going back tohas enabled me to peek through the Great Barrier many times; then go back to my duties and responsibilities as a layman following the Eightfold Path. The Redord Master Hakuin painted a Dragon Staff scroll as a gift to lay students who passed a higher level of koan study. My advice – give it kkans quick first read; don’t try to get anything from it – just let it wash into you.

Zen koan collections works. Please pound your staff of the floor and make the dragon let the rivers flow again. Mario Aguilar rated it it was amazing Jul 01, We are creative creatures who can transform ourselves and our environment.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. His comments feel so patronizing and snobbish and again, I couldn’t extract anything useful from them. Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi with staff.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? We would have no hope of liberation. Huge tidal waves, tsunamis, caused by earthquakes or meteors could engulf and swallow up cities near the sea. Yuanwu’s successor, Dahui Zonggao —wrote many letters to lay students teaching the practice of concentrating on koans during meditation, but Dahui did not explain and analyze koans.

Wrestle the dragon to the ground, then hold your cane up high. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is for the most part brain shattering, and it’s appeal is broad, as it bridges the sudden and gradual paths. Master Yun Men is transformed into a Dragon when he quizzes, tests, leads, and guides the monks seeking and submitting to his methods of instruction leading them to awakening and encouraging them to follow the Way.

Die klassische Koansammlung mit neuen Teishos.

I am not a regular member of any organized Buddhist church or Zen group. It’s as if the koan is saying that Yun Men transforms into a Dragon. Are we like that holy carp or sacred salmon swimming upstream, struggling, making a determined effort, leaping over the Dragon’s Gate and becoming a Dragon?