The Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues

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Book of Serenity is a translation of Shoyo Roku, a collection of one hundred Zen koans with commentaries that stands as a companion to the other great Chinese koan collection, the Blue Cliff Record (Pi Yen Lu). A classic of Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism, Book of Serenity has been skillfully rendered into English by the renowned translator Thomas Cleary.

Compiled in China in the twelfth century, the Book of Serenity is, in the words of Zen teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, "an ...

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Overview

Book of Serenity is a translation of Shoyo Roku, a collection of one hundred Zen koans with commentaries that stands as a companion to the other great Chinese koan collection, the Blue Cliff Record (Pi Yen Lu). A classic of Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism, Book of Serenity has been skillfully rendered into English by the renowned translator Thomas Cleary.

Compiled in China in the twelfth century, the Book of Serenity is, in the words of Zen teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson, "an auspicious peak in the mountain range of Zen literature, a subtle flowing stream in the deep valleys of our teaching, a treasure house of inspiration and guidance in studying the ocean of Buddhist teachings." Each one of its one hundred chapters begins with an introduction, along with a main case, or koan, taken from Zen lore or Buddhist scripture. This is followed by commentary on the main case, verses inspired by it, and, finally, further commentary on all of these. The book contains a glossary of Zen/Chan terms and metaphors.

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"Thomas Cleary has translated a medium-sized library of classic texts of Buddhism, Taoism, and I Ching studies, and the Book of Serenity is a major contribution to his already staggering body of work."—Sam Hamill, Tricycle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590302491
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/22/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 494,550
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
A Note on the Translation
The World Honored One Ascends the Seat 3
Bodhidharma's "Emptiness" 6
The Invitation of the Patriarch to Eastern India 11
The World Honored One Points to the Ground 17
Qingyuan and the Price of Rice 20
Mazu's "White and Black" 23
Yaoshan Ascends the Seat 28
Baizhang's "Fox" 32
Nanquan Kills a Cat 37
The Woman of Taishan 42
Yunmen's "Two Sicknesses" 46
Dizang Planting the Fields 51
Linji's "Blind Ass" 56
Attendant Huo Passes Tea 60
Yangshan Plants His Hoe 63
Magu Shakes His Staff 66
Fayan's "Hairsbreadth" 72
Zhaozhou's "Dog" 76
Yunmen's "Sumeru" 81
Dizang's "Nearness" 86
Yunyan Sweeps the Ground 91
Yantou's "Bow and Shout" 95
Luzu Faces the Wall 100
Xuefeng's "Look out for the Snake" 104
Yanguan's "Rhinoceros Fan" 108
Yangshan Points to Snow 112
Fayan Points to a Blind 116
Huguo's "Three Embarrassments" 120
Fengxue's "Iron Ox" 125
Dasui's "Aeonic Fire" 131
Yunmen's "Pillars" 137
Yangshan's "Mind and Environment" 140
Sansheng's "Golden Fish" 147
Fengxue's "Single Atom" 151
Luopu's Acquiescence 154
Master Ma Is Unwell 160
Guishan's "Active Consciousness" 163
Linji's "True Man" 167
Zhaozhou's "Wash your Bowl" 171
Yunmen, Houbai, and Houhei 173
Luopu About to Die 176
Nanyang's "Water Pitcher" 180
Luoshan's "Arising and Vanishing" 183
Xingyang's "Garuda" 187
Four Sections of the Enlightenment Scripture 191
Deshan's "Completion of Study" 194
Zhaozhou's "Cypress Tree" 197
Vimalakirti's "Nonduality" 201
Dongshan Presents Offerings Before the Image 206
Xuefeng's "What?" 210
Fayan's "Boat or Land" 215
Caoshan's "Reality Body" 219
Huangbo's "Dreg Slurpers" 223
Yunyan's "Great Compassion" 229
Xuefeng, the Rice Cook 233
Spiritual Uncle Mi and the Rabbit 237
Yanyang's "Thing" 241
The Diamond Scripture's "Revilement" 244
Qinglin's "Dead Snake" 248
Iron Grinder, the Cow 253
Jianfeng's "One" 255
Mi Hu's "Enlightenment or Not?" 259
Zhaozhou Asks About Death 264
Zizhao's Succession 268
Shoushan's "New Bride" 273
Jiufeng's "Head and Tail" 276
The Flower Ornament Scripture's "Wisdom" 281
Jiashan "Swinging the Sword" 286
Nanquan's "Cows" 290
Jinshan Asks About Nature 295
Cuiyan's Eyebrows 299
Zhongyi's "Monkey" 303
Caoshan's Fulfillment of Filial Piety 307
Fayan's "Substance and Name" 311
Ruiyan's "Constant Principle" 316
Shoushan's Three Phrases 319
Yangshan's "Enough" 324
Yunmen's "Sesame Cake" 332
Changsha Advancing a Step 335
Longyan Passes the Brace 340
Xuansha Comes to the District 346
Yunmen's Sound and Form 350
Daowu Tends the Sick 352
Judi's "One Finger" 356
The Appearance of the National Teacher's Monument 360
Linji's Great Enlightment 367
Sushan's "Existence and Nonexistence" 372
The Surangama's "Not Seeing" 377
Dongshan's "No Grass" 382
Yangshan's Declaration 385
Nanquan's "Peony" 390
Yunmen's "Jewel" 394
Luzu's Not Understanding 398
Dongshan is Unwell 402
Linji's One Stroke 408
Jiufeng's Disagreement 412
Emperor Tongguang's Hat 417
Dongshan's "Always Close" 422
Yunmen's "Bowl and Bucket" 425
Langya's "Mountains and Rivers" 428
Notes 431
Glossary 446
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