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 . Besides thinking about this koan each day, I used the following koan Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei. The Blue Cliff Record is the “model koan text” for Zen Buddhists, according to the back of the book in front of me. Shunryu Suzuki uses some of.

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One Hundred Zen Dialogues. But where does it begin? This evolutionary stream of reflections makes a bkue for little carp-reptile-dragons transforming themselves into humans, we tool creators and users, some who grasp sticks and pose riddles.

Disrespect and contempt for the body is a common trump card for spiritualists; but, our game of life does not use trump cards.

One of the best texts ever written. Jan 28, valixt rated it really liked it Shelves: I had an introduction to recodr ideas from other volumes on Koans.

Ilya rated it really liked it Jul 11, If they did not, we would be in trouble. On the Transmission of Mind. Apart from Shaw version, there is one translation made by Thomas Cleary and another one by Zen teacher Katsuki Sekida, though translations of some of the cases koand appeared in various English works on Zen.

It was at first a practical walking stick carried by a Zen monk on his training journey. In an absolute sense the “mountains” were never recrod yet, relatively speaking, they are very beautiful to see at daybreak.

The Blue Cliff Record

Or, as described in the anthropological documentary ” Your Inner Fish ,” we are genetically linked to those fishes that first left the rivers and walked on the land some million years ago See all 26 reviews.


I have my own cherished copy that I have been studying for many years. One of the Treasures of Chan Buddhism wonderfully translated by the Cleary brothers. Translated by Thomas Cleary and J. We can learn new languages. Huge tidal waves, tsunamis, caused by earthquakes or meteors could engulf and swallow up cities near the sea. We have many powers of the Dragons.

Picking up and studying koan books by such experts and masters as Aitken, Cleary, Kapleau, Kirchner, MacInnes, Magid, Loori, Shibayama, Tarrant, Wick, or Yamada is a great privilege and outstanding opportunity to open, stimulate, and free my mind. Abhayadeva rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Buy the selected items together This item: This is one of those books that are extremely difficult for me to rate.

They question their own and our own attachments to fixed clidf, unchanging dogmas, sacred scriptures, routines, and habits.

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Puns, riddles, and jokes all tickle our clever and humorous bones. Don’t say peach blossoms float on the waters. Don’t mistake this book for something much trashier.

Hekiganroku – The Blue Cliff Record – The Zen Universe

Shasta I see the trail, smell the pines, and feel the rocks under my boots. Yuanwu’s successor, Dahui Zonggao —wrote many letters to lay students teaching the practice of concentrating on koans during meditation, but Dahui did not explain and analyze koans.

In this way Ummon pressed people to try to say. I have read this for years, and have I touched such truth? Take a long walk, cane in hand, and let the shadow of the Dragon lead the way. This webpage was first published on the Internet on December 6, Koan study has long been a literary endeavor, attracting many students and scholars of spiritual literature.


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A perfect union of pure spirituality and pure poetry. Please pound your staff of the floor and make the dragon let the rivers flow again. It is so to the point that it can be read and reread and always allows the reader ever-deepening insights into both this remarkable tool for refining human consciousness and into the adventure of Life itself.

By Andy Ferguson,p. And it will mock you while it does it, too. It is about seven feet long, perhaps with some of its twigs left untrimmed, and is quite ungainly in appearance. About Contact Glossary Resources. In case you can read German, I strongly advise to use the following volume next to the translation of Thomas Cleary: Die klassische Koansammlung mit neuen Teishos.

The Blue Cliff Record by Yuanwu Keqin

The Yunmen school flourished into the early Song Dynastywith particular influence on the upper classes, and eventually culminating in the compilation and writing of the Blue Cliff Record. We can wear new clothes and costumes.

This particular copy was purchased for a friend. Feb 26, Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. This phrase should be read with the next one. Shasta clearly on a winter’s day; when blye on Mt.