A Zen Harvest: Japanese Zen Folk Sayings by Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

One of the important points of conventional Rinzai Zen koan examine in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase routines. while Zen scholars have attained enough mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the usual “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to review. whilst the scholar offers a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to opt for a “capping phrase,” often a passage from a poem one of the millions in a distinct anthology, the one publication allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written solely in chinese language, was once translated by means of famous Zen priest and pupil Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen wooded area: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital is a eastern assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in gleaming English types that continue the Zen implications of the verse.

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