The Gateless Gate: 49 Koans (Classic Zen Text) [NOOK OPTIMIZED]by Ekai, Mu-Mon
In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism's uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the
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In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism's uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the Mumonkan, one of Zen's greatest collections of teaching stories.
Koans are a Zen Buddhist spiritual technique which use word-play to achieve enlightenment. They frequently involve absurd or contradictory statements, which are intended to create extreme cognitive dissonance in the mind of the pupil. As such, their actual content or structure is not as important as the mental state which they induce. This collection includes some of the most famous koans, such as Tozan's "three pounds of flax":
What is the Buddha? -- This flax weighs three pounds.
and Baso's conundrum:
What is Buddha? -- This mind is not Buddha.
as well as some involving bizarre behavior, such as Nansen Cuts the Cat in Two and Blow out the Candle.
While short and succinct, this book has enormous depth, and offers new rewards on repeated readings.
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