Bankei Zen: Translations from the Record of Bankei

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The eccentric Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen was becoming overly formalized in Japan, he stressed its relevance to everyday life, insisting on the importance of naturalness and spontaneity.

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Overview

The eccentric Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen was becoming overly formalized in Japan, he stressed its relevance to everyday life, insisting on the importance of naturalness and spontaneity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802131843
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Eastern Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Haskel received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x
Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Introduction xvii
Sermons
Part I3
Opening of the sermons
Listen carefully
Precepts
The same old thing
I don't talk about Buddhism
Meeting masters: Dosha and Ingen
I'm ready to be your witness!
Growing up deluded
Thirty days in the Unborn
Ask me and I'll tell you
"The Kappa"
Don't beat sleeping monks
Mind reading
Moving ahead/sliding back
Old wastepaper
Self-centeredness
Bankei's Kannon
Getting sidetracked
Self-power/other-power
Dreams
Everybody has the Buddha Mind
Being living buddhas
Servants, samurai, husbands and wives
"Buddha" Magoemon
Like little children of three or four
Getting angry
Blindness and the Unborn
Part II55
Now I'm going to talk to the women
The old nurse from Sanuki
Nothing to do with rules
Devices
Plain speaking
Illness and the Buddha Mind
Being free in birth and death
The original face
Entrances
To practice is hard
The crow and the cormorant
Let it be
The lawsuit
Mu
The crows go kaa-kaa, the sparrows, chuu-chuu
Two thirds is with the Unborn
Looking for enlightenment
No delusion, no enlightenment
Water and ice
Stopping thoughts
The mirror
Fire is hot
Be stupid!
Smoking
No such thing as enlightenment
Abide in the Buddha Mind
When thoughts arise
Letting things take care of themselves
HOGO (Instruction) 88
Duality
The dog and the chicken
Farming with the Buddha Mind
The travelers
Parents
Becoming an expert at delusion
The living Buddha Mind
The "teetotaler"
Suppression is delusion too
Right now
Sleeping and waking
Sendai
The place of the Unborn
Letting go
Just as you are
Not even a trace
Kantaro's question
Josen
The gambler
Miracles
A visiting monk
Being/nonbeing
Why are we born?
The one who sees and hears
The woman afraid of thunder
Bereavement
Blinding your eyes
Everything is smoothly managed
Where do you go?
The golden ball
Thinking
Women
The merchant's dream
It's fine just to feel that way
Using the three inches
Koans
The great doubt
Is this buddha?
Layman Chozen
The craftsman's dilemma
The angry abbot
When I first began to search
All the difference of heaven and earth
Watch where you're going
The proof
True acceptance
My old illness
Seven out of ten
The monk Zeshin
From the Gyogo Ryakki 119
Suspicion
Handling delinquents
The missing paper 119
Poems
Chinese Poems 122
Japanese Poems 124
Letters 133
Letter from Umpo and Bankei's reply
Letter to Sasaki Nobutsugu
Letter to Yosen
Letter to Rintei
Letter to Lady Naga
Instruction for the Layman Gesso
"Words and Deeds" (Miscellaneous Materials) 140
Bankei's childhood
The priest's Fudo
At the post station
Bankei faces death
Among the beggars
The missing coins
The Confucians
The rich man's wife
The wolf
The steward's invitation
Heaven and hell
From your own mouth
Genshin's thousand buddhas
Offerings
Counting
Soen's special teaching
Positive and negative
Layman Gesso's runny nose
The thief
Bankei and the stingy monk
The samurai's fan
Bankei's "no rules"
Chokei's seven cushions
The fencing master
Nanryu's place
The rays of light
As you are is it!
Settei's medicine
Shopping for the best
The Confucian's question
Waste paper/clean paper
Bankei's natural method
Bankei's night sermon
The old tree
Bankei and the blind man
Hachiroemon
Notes 165
Translator's Notes 188
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