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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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.