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

By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

One of the very important elements of conventional Rinzai Zen koan research in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase routines. whilst Zen scholars have attained adequate mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the typical “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to review. while the coed 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 unique anthology, the single ebook allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written completely in chinese language, used to be translated by way of famous Zen priest and pupil Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen wooded area: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital is a jap assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in gleaming English types that keep the Zen implications of the verse.

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