Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on the Practice of Zen Koan Introspection

Sitting with Koans: Essential Writings on the Practice of Zen Koan Introspection

by John Daido Loori
     
 

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The Zen tradition has just two main meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting;" and introspection guided by the powerful Zen teaching stories called koans. Following up on his previous book, The Art of Just Sitting, John Daido Loori's new anthology illuminates the subtle practice of koan study from many viewpoints. Section one examines

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The Zen tradition has just two main meditative practices: shikantaza, or "just sitting;" and introspection guided by the powerful Zen teaching stories called koans. Following up on his previous book, The Art of Just Sitting, John Daido Loori's new anthology illuminates the subtle practice of koan study from many viewpoints. Section one examines the history of the study and use of koans in China and Japan, with essays from such important contemporary Zen scholars as Heinrich Dumoulin ("Five Houses of Zen"). Section two includes writings from the masters of Japanese Zen such as Hakuin Ekaku's "The Voice of the Sound of One Hand." Section three vividly portrays the living tradition of koan introspection today in East and West in such pieces as Sokei, and Sasaki's "Ninth Koan." These scholars clarify the nature of one of Zen’s most enigmatic forms, making the book useful to those with casual interest and indispensable to students of Zen.

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Editorial Reviews

from the foreword by Thomas Yuho Kirchner
"Sitting with Koans provides an excellent start toward such understanding, offering the reader--whether veteran meditator, inquiring novice, or simply interested observer--a careful and well-organized presentation of classic and modern source materials on many aspects of traditional koan work."
Gerry Shishin Wick
"Roshi Daido Loori has provided us with a valuable tool for appreciating the living tradition of koan study."
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
"A handy compendium of some of the most important writings on the topic by scholars and Zen masters."
Professor Steven Heine
"This is a remarkable collection of essays and sermons by eminent scholars and leading Zen masters covering a full range of historical materials and diverse approaches in the formation of koan studies in China and Japan, as well as commentary on numerous specific cases. One volume brilliantly put together by a premier modern interpreter of koans, John Daido Loori, illuminates both issues of historical development and the discovery of contemporary meaning and application in religious practice."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861713691
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
02/09/2006
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,352,557
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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