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The World: A Gateway: Koan Commentaries on Mumonkan
     

The World: A Gateway: Koan Commentaries on Mumonkan

by Albert Low, Huikai Wumen Guan
 
This book is structured in the traditional style, with translations of each koan followed by the author's comments. The translations are drawn from the author's own interpretation and from his work with Roshi Philip Kapleau.

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This book is structured in the traditional style, with translations of each koan followed by the author's comments. The translations are drawn from the author's own interpretation and from his work with Roshi Philip Kapleau.

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Library Journal
The two most important collections of Zen koans are the Blue Cliff Record and this collection, known also as the Gateless Gate, prepared by the Chinese Zen master Mumon Ekai (the Japanese form of his name) and published in A.D. 1229. It is composed of 48 koans followed by Mumon's commentary and a verse by him as an additional form of commentary. Low, director and teacher at the Montreal Zen Center, has provided a modern translation of the koans and the commentary and verse of Mumon, and has added his own insightful commentary; modern readers are thus given a wealth of further Zen thought. He has also written an insightful introduction to koans, helping readers understand what koans are and are not, how they should be experienced, and how they function in Zen Buddhism. The appendixes include excerpts from the Diamond Sutra and the Heart of Perfect Wisdom (other important Buddhist texts) to provide background to the koans. Highly recommended for any library needing a modern translation of and commentary on this foundational Zen text.-David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804830461
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/1995
Series:
Tuttle Library of Enlightenment
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.94(d)

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