Entangling Vines: A Classic Collection of Zen Koans

Entangling Vines A Classic Collection of Zen Koans Entangling Vines a translation of the Shumon kattoshu is one of the few major koan texts to have been compiled in Japan rather than China Indeed Kajitani Sonin former chief abbot of Shoko

  • Title: Entangling Vines: A Classic Collection of Zen Koans
  • Author: Thomas Yuho Kirchner Nelson Foster Ueda Shizuteru
  • ISBN: 9781614290773
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Entangling Vines, a translation of the Shumon kattoshu, is one of the few major koan texts to have been compiled in Japan rather than China Indeed, Kajitani Sonin 1914 95 , former chief abbot of Shokoku ji and author of an annotated, modern Japanese translation of the Kattoshu, commented that herein are compiled the basic Dharma materials of the koan system Most ofEntangling Vines, a translation of the Shumon kattoshu, is one of the few major koan texts to have been compiled in Japan rather than China Indeed, Kajitani Sonin 1914 95 , former chief abbot of Shokoku ji and author of an annotated, modern Japanese translation of the Kattoshu, commented that herein are compiled the basic Dharma materials of the koan system Most of the central koans of the contemporary Rinzai koan curriculum are contained in this work.A distinctive feature of Entangling Vines is that, unlike The Gateless Gate and Blue Cliff Record, it presents the koans bare, with no introductions, commentaries, or verses Its straightforward structure lends the koans added force and immediacy, emphasizing the Great Matter, the essential point to be interrogated, and providing ample material for the rigors of examining and refining Zen experience.Containing 272 cases and extensive note material, the collection is indispensable for serious koan training and will also be of interest for anyone drawn to Zen literature The present translation had its origins in the discussions between three forward looking modern Japanese Zen masters and Thomas Kirchner, an experienced Zen monk from America And Kirchner s careful annotation of each koan makes this a brilliant introduction to Buddhist philosophy.

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    1. It would have been better not to read them all one after the other, some of them anyway are well known, others not and all of them are difficult. Anyway a good reading if you like "The sound of a only hand".Sarebbe stato meglio non leggere tutti questi Koan uno di seguito all'altro; alcuni di questi sono famosi, altri no, tutti sono difficili, ma è un bel libro se ti piace "il suono di una mano sola"ANKS TO NETGALLEY AND WISDOM PUBLICATIONS FOR THE PREVIEW

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