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In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism s uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the Mumonkan, one of Zen s greatest collections of teaching stories This translation was compiled with the Western reader in mind, and includes Koan Yamada s clear and penetrating comments on each case Yamada played a seminal role in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West from Japan, going on to be the head of the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Community.The Gateless Gate would be invaluable if only for the translation and commentary alone, yet it s loaded with extra material and is a fantastic resource to keep close by An in depth Introduction to the History of Zen Practice Lineage charts Japanese to Chinese and Chinese to Japanese conversion charts for personal names, place names, and names of writings Plus front and back matter from ancient and modern figures Mumon, Shuan, Kubota Ji un, Taizan Maezumi, Hugo Enomiya Lasalle, and Yamada Roshi s son, Masamichi Yamada A wonderful inspiration for the koan practitioner, and for those with a general interest in Zen Buddhism....

Title : The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans
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ISBN : 0861713826
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Wisdom Publications New edition edition June 15, 2004
Number of Pages : 336 pages
File Size : 871 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans Reviews

  • Dj
    2019-03-01 07:37

    I really enjoy this. Although it is set up differently than I expected. Sometimes it's confusing the way the layout is, but other than that it is fantastic. it tells a koan and then explains (albeit sometimes the explanations can be more obscure than the actual story) I'd check out some other Koan books as well.

  • majesticnarwhale
    2019-03-12 07:49

    Been reading this genre for a long time. Found this from alan watts. It is a really good book.

  • Ryan Anderson
    2019-03-02 05:47

    I find myself reading and rereading this book, and gaining new insights from every passage each time as though I'm reading it for the first time. The translation of the Koans are excellent, and Koun Yamada brings great insight to the meaning, and non-meaning of the great Zen Master Mumon's words.

  • Reilly
    2019-03-04 04:06

    Great collection. I also have the Book of Equanimity and it is great to have multiple perspectives on these classic koans.

  • IamJack
    2019-02-18 02:45

    This is just what I needed in order for me to begin delving into koans. For the first time in years, I have seen the footprints of the moving concept of Mu.

  • Richard Dumke
    2019-03-09 02:52

    This volume has an excellent set of historical observations about Zen and the commentaries on the "koans" are in progression as in any good law book. I feel this is the most outstanding edition available.

  • Arturo Meneses
    2019-03-14 06:37

    I enjoy learning the koans and meditating on them.

  • srrecords
    2019-03-07 05:40