"The Blue Cliff Record reveals to us what enlightenment is, what the enlightened life is, how the patriarchs and masters of old struggled with it, attained it, actualized it, and accomplished it. . . . I firmly believe this translation is a milestone and will immensely benefit those who are sincerely engaged in the practice and the enlightenment of the Buddha-way."—from the foreword by Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Blue Cliff Recordby Thomas Cleary, J. C. Cleary (Translator)
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.
Meet the Author
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.
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.
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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.