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By Soiku Shigematsu

ISBN-10: 0834802597

ISBN-13: 9780834802599

Zen Buddhism can really be referred to as the imperative philosophy of the Orient. not only a puzzle to be unraveled by means of the mind, Zen bargains a problem to either brain and spirit, calling on all our intuitive, social, and self-disciplinary powers.

The distillation of this Oriental philosophy is inside the Zen sayings—pithy words and poems passed down from a extraordinary line of chinese language and jap masters. Over the centuries, their sayings and writings were compiled into voluminous handbooks.

The such a lot whole of those are a number of the versions of Zenrin Kushu, or the "Zen woodland announcing Anthology." severe Zen scholars are nonetheless required to memorize countless numbers of those sayings. In monasteries in all places Japan, would-be clergymen are available thoughtfully thumbing via their well-worn anthologies by means of the dim candle-light, trying to find the proper word to "cap" their Zen event and job. As their masters assign them more and more tricky koans for contemplation and eventual answer, they reply with sayings culled from the anthologies, or they bring about their very own words so as to add to the dynamic physique of Zen literature.

In the current publication, for the 1st time, over 1,200 of those brief sayings—from the comical, to the profound, to the downright mystifying— seem in bright, poetic, English translation. From the hundreds of thousands of sayings in lifestyles, the writer has compiled a consultant choice, including his personal illuminating creation on how one can learn the sayings. every one poem uniquely illustrates a few point of Zen, from the character of satori to the which means of enlightened task within the genuine world.

These keys to Zen realizing are actually on hand to English audio system. Readers are inspired to learn the sayings, to reflect on them, and at last to use to their very own lives the knowledge chanced on there.

Included is a range of the author's favourite sayings rendered in remarkable calligraphy via his father, abbot of the well known Shogen-ji Zen temple in Shizuoka. for college kids with an curiosity in extra learn, the ebook additionally comprises an appen-dix with the unique chinese language characters and their eastern romanizations. A thesaurus of individuals and areas and a bibliographical resource observe whole this collection.

SOIKU SHIGEMATSU combines his tasks as an lively Zen priest at Shogen-ji temple with a full-time place as professor of English at Shizuoka college. He has lengthy been attracted to employing the Zen point of view to the research of yank literature, from Emerson to Gary Snyder. during this quantity he turns his efforts within the wrong way, featuring a vintage of Zen literature for the English-speaking viewers.

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Zen Buddhism can really be referred to as the imperative philosophy of the Orient. not only a puzzle to be unraveled via the mind, Zen bargains a problem to either brain and spirit, calling on all our intuitive, social, and self-disciplinary powers.

The distillation of this Oriental philosophy is inside the Zen sayings—pithy words and poems passed down from a unusual line of chinese language and eastern masters. Over the centuries, their sayings and writings were compiled into voluminous handbooks.

The so much whole of those are a number of the variations of Zenrin Kushu, or the "Zen woodland announcing Anthology. " severe Zen scholars are nonetheless required to memorize countless numbers of those sayings. In monasteries far and wide Japan, would-be clergymen are available thoughtfully thumbing via their well-worn anthologies through the dim candle-light, trying to find the right word to "cap" their Zen adventure and job. As their masters assign them more and more tough koans for contemplation and eventual resolution, they reply with sayings culled from the anthologies, or they carry their very own words so as to add to the dynamic physique of Zen literature.

In the current publication, for the 1st time, over 1,200 of those brief sayings—from the comical, to the profound, to the downright mystifying— look in bright, poetic, English translation. From the millions of sayings in lifestyles, the writer has compiled a consultant choice, including his personal illuminating creation on easy methods to learn the sayings. every one poem uniquely illustrates a few point of Zen, from the character of satori to the that means of enlightened job within the actual world.

These keys to Zen figuring out are actually on hand to English audio system. Readers are inspired to learn the sayings, to reflect on them, and finally to use to their very own lives the knowledge chanced on there.

Included is a range of the author's favourite sayings rendered in awesome calligraphy by means of his father, abbot of the well known Shogen-ji Zen temple in Shizuoka. for college kids with an curiosity in additional examine, the publication additionally comprises an appen-dix with the unique chinese language characters and their eastern romanizations. A thesaurus of individuals and areas and a bibliographical resource word entire this collection.

SOIKU SHIGEMATSU combines his tasks as an lively Zen priest at Shogen-ji temple with a full-time place as professor of English at Shizuoka college. He has lengthy been attracted to using the Zen standpoint to the learn of yankee literature, from Emerson to Gary Snyder. during this quantity he turns his efforts within the other way, featuring a vintage of Zen literature for the English-speaking viewers.

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Pissing . . (10) (2) Slanting the pillow to hear the bell sounds Water on the frog face, bees on the deer horn. from I-ai Temple; (3) Rolling up the blind to see the snow Pour dirty water right over the head! on Hsiang-lu Peak. (4) (11) Saying "fire" Easy to pick won't burn your mouth; a handful o f dirt Saying "water" and turn it to gold; won't drown you. But gold into dirt— hard, hard. (12) Rob his function (3) with yours; Fight his poison Bite your middle finger with your fist clenched. with yours.

W h e n perplexed as to which alternative to choose, I have always preferred one that maintains the poetic value. What has troubled me most is the peculiarity and variation in Zen readings, which are rather different from ordinary readings of the Chinese characters. I have chosen in many cases the traditional Zen readings—only because I cannot ignore the fact that they have long stood the test o f time, even if some are technically wrong. In other cases, however, I have challenged the traditional readings with new possibilities from an academic or poetic viewpoint.

This book contains good examples ofjakugo in English. In this connection, I wish I could also introduce a book called Zenrin Segoshu (A Zen Forest Anthology of Secular Sayings), which is sometimes also used in koan study. Unfortunately, however, it has not yet been translated into English. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that the anthologies of Zen sayings are like a Bible, not only to Zen followers, but also to all students of Japanese literature and culture. 6 As has already been explained, the entries in this anthology come from* various sources.

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