Overview

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 teachings of Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered ...

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Overview

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 teachings of Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered one of the great treasures of Zen literature and an essential study manual for students of Zen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834828209
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 622,469
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

J. C. Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He has translated several books of Zen literature, including Zen Dawn.

Thomas Cleary holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.

Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931–1995) was a seminal figure in the transmission of Zen Buddhism to the West. He was founding abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) from 1967 to 1995 and of Zen Mountain Center from 1978 to 1995. He and his successors also founded Zen centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Maezumi Roshi established The Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values, which promotes Buddhist scholarship and publishes, with the University of Hawaii Press, translations of East Asian Buddhist classics. He coauthored On Zen Practice: Foundation of Practice, On Zen Practice II: Body, Breath and Mind, and The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment. He also provided the commentary for The Way of Everyday Life: Zen Master Dogen's Genjokoan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
by Taizan Maezumi Roshi xi

Preface
xv

Introduction
xvii

Guide to Chinese Pronunciation

xxxi

Original
Preface to the Blue Cliff Record

xxxiii

THE
BLUE CLIFF RECORD

1.
The Highest Meaning of the Holy Truths 1

2.
The Ultimate Path is Without Difficulty 10

3.
Master Ma Is Unwell 18

4.
Te Shan Carrying His Bundle 22

5.
Hsueh Feng's Grain of Rice 31

6.
Yun Men's Every Day is a Good Day 37

7.
Hui Ch'ao Asks about Buddha 46

8.
Ts'ui Yen's Eyebrows 53

9.
Chao Chou's Four Gates 59

10.
Mu Chou's Theiving Phoney 66

11.
Huang Po's Gobblers of Dregs 72

12.
Tung Shan's Three Pounds of Hemp 81

13.
Pa Ling's Snow in a Silver Bowl 88

14.
Yun Men's Appropriate Statement 94

15.
Yun Men's Upside-Down Statement 98

16.
Ching Ch'ings's Man in the Weeds 104

17.
Hsiang Lin's Meaning of the Coming from the West 110

18.
National Teacher Chung's Seamless Monument 115

19.
Chu Ti's One-Finger Ch'an 123

20.
Lung Ya's Meaning of the Coming from the West 129

21.
Chih Men's Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves 139

22.
Hseuh Feng's Turtle-Nosed Snake 144

23.
Pao Fu's Summit of the Mystic Peak 154

24.
Kuei Shan and Iron Grindstone Liu 159

25.
The Hermit of Lotus Flower Peak Holds up His Staff 164

26.
Pai Chang's Sitting Alone on Ta Hsiung Mountain 172

27.
Yun Men's The Body Exposed, The Golden Wind 176

28.
Nan Ch'uan's Truth That's Never Been Spoken 181

29.
Ta Sui's It Goes Along with It 187

30.
Chao Chou's Big Turnips 191

31.
Ma Ku Carrying his Ring-Staff 194

32.
Elder Ting Stands Motionless 202

33.
Ministry President Ch'en Sees Tzu Fu 206

34.
Yang Shan Asks "Where Have You Come From?" 211

35.
The Dialogue of Manjusri and Wu Cho 216

36.
Ch'ang Sha Wandering in the Mountains 221

37.
P'an Shan's There Is Nothing in the World 226

38.
Feng Hsueh's Workings of the Iron Ox 231

39.
Yun Men's Flowering Hedge 240

40.
Nan Ch'uan's It's like a Dream 244

41.
Chao Chou's Man Who Has Died the Great Death 249

42.
Layman P'ang's Good Snowflakes 253

43.
Tung Shan's No Cold or Heat 258

44.
Ho Shan's Knowing How to Beat the Drum 264

45.
Chao Chou's Seven-Pound Cloth Shirt 270

46.
Ching Ch'ing's Sound of Raindrops 275

47.
Yun Men's Six Do Not Take It In 279

48.
Turning Over the Tea Kettle at Chao Ch'ing 284

49.
San Sheng's Golden Fish Who Has Passed through the Net 290

50.
Yun Men's Every Atom Samadhi 294

51.
Hsueh Feng's What Is It? 297

52.
Chao Chou Lets Asses Cross, Lets Horses Cross 305

53.
Pai Chang's Wild Ducks 309

54.
Yun Men Extends Both Hands 34

55.
Tao Wu's Condolence Call 317

56.
Ch'in Shan's One Arrowpoint Smashes Three Barriers 324

57.
Chao Chou's Stupid Oaf 330

58.
Chao Chou Can't Expain 334

59.
Chao Chou's Why Not Quote It Fully? 337

60.
Yun Men's Staff Changes into a Dragon 341

61.
Feng Hsueh's One Atom of Dust

62.
Yun Men's Within There Is a Jewel 352

63.
Nan Ch'uan Kills a Cat 358

64.
Nan Ch'uan Questions Chao Chou 361

65.
An Outsider Questions the Buddha 364

66.
Yen T'ou's Getting Huang Ch'ao's Sword 371

67.
Mahasattva Fu Expounds the Scripture 376

68.
Yang Shan's What's Your Name? 381

69.
Nan Ch'uan's Circle 386

70.
Kuei Shan Attends on Pai Chang 391

71.
Wu Feng's Shut Up, Teacher 395

72.
Pai Chang Questions Yun Yen 398

73.
Ma Tsu's Permutations of Assertion and Denial 401

74.
Chin Niu's Rice Pail 408

75.
Wu Chiu's Unjust Beating 412

76.
Tan Hsia's Have You Eaten Yet? 418

77.
Yun Men's Cake 424

78.
Sixteen Bodhisattvas Go In to Bathe 428

79.
T'ou Tzu's All Sounds 432

80.
Chao Chou's Newborn Baby 437

81.
Yao Shan's Shooting the Elk of Elks 443

82.
Ta Lung's Hard and Fast Body of Reality 449

83.
Yun Men's Ancient Buddhas and the Pillar 454

84.
Vimalakirti's Gate of Nonduality 459

85.
The Hermit of T'ung Feng Makes a Tiger's Roar 466

86.
Yun Men's Kitchen Pantry and Main Gate 472

87.
Medicine and Disease Subdue Each Other 477

88.
Hsuan Sha's Guiding and Aiding Living Beings 482

89.
The Hands and Eyes of the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion 489

90.
Chih Men's Body of Wisdom 496

91.
Yen Kuan's Rhinoceros 501

92.
The World Honored One Ascends the Seat 506

93.
Ta Kuang Does a Dance 510

94.
The Surangama Scripture's Not Seeing 514

95.
Ch'ang Ch'ing's Three Poisons 519

96.
Chao Chou's Three Turning Words 525

97.
The Diamond Cutter Scripture's Scornful Revilement 532

98.
T'ien P'ing's Travels on Foot 539

99.
Su Tsung's Ten-Body Controller 546

100.
Pa Ling's Blown Hair Sword 554

Biographical
Supplement

559

Traditional
Teaching Devices

634

Select
Glossary of Names and Terms

642

Bibliography
647

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    One book on a desert island conversation

    I have been studying zen for thirty-five years. Today some friends and me were asking what one book would we take to a desert island: 'Shakespeare Works', 'Ada', 'A good encyclopedia', yeah, yeah. But we settled on 'The Blue Cliff Record' because you could never finish it (or yourself) and because it's full of humor, really deep in the ground humor that flies up like wild birds! It's also never boring, or, it's always boring into you digging for big mind oil and the infinite lake. I give it as many stars as exist everywhere plus one.

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