Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these. Our teaching makes our mind the principle and the gateless gate its very gate. this barrier shall meet with Joshu face to face and also see with the same eyes. The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon).
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As a checkpoint is something that can be either closed, functioning as a barrier, or open, functioning as an entry point, this title may be taken to have a double meaning: See more of Zen Center of Denver on Facebook. Paperbackpages.
Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan
I can’t say I’d recommend the book to anyone, but not because it was in any way lacking. The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Anthony rated it it was amazing Apr 11, His teachings were transcribed and after the training period were compiled into the collection called the Wumen Guan.
Aitken Roshi’s teachings are especially wonderful because he doesn’t play around with jargon, he presents the Dharma direct, in Western terms and examples, in language that is easy to appreciate. Trivia About Gateless Barrier Gteless is likely going to be my home for the mumonkan for the rest of my practice.
Luke Crocker rated it really liked it Oct 24, Each koan is accompanied by a commentary and verse by Wumen. This is simply the best koan book I gateleas come across.
The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan (Mumonkan)
Paperbackpages. One should also note that, as the author of tateless collection was named Wumen which could mean either the literal gateless or the figurative gate of emptinessWumenguan could also be read as simply, the Checkpoint of Wumen.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Dan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, This translation was exceptional I read this barrisr tandem gatelezs another translation of the Mumonkan–“The Gateless Gate” by Koun Yamada–and much preferred this translation. Tenney Nathanson rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Barbara O’Brien rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Want to Read saving…. Recommended for study of Zen koans Also recommended as five star rating: Tony rated it really liked it Apr 28, Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has trans The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. This book required a complete departure from how I normally read and the way that I think about things.
The text was originally prepared by Wumen as a record of his teaching during a monastic training period held at Longxiang Soaring Dragon monastery in the summer of I dip into it often and always get something useful out of it.
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The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan by Robert Aitken
The most well known version of the text is from the Japanese wood block edition made from the manuscript edition that contains the following sections. Books by Zenkei Shibayama. I’ve read a number of Koan collections and most leave me baffled. Julie for FC Politician. Content-wise it contains 48 chapters, each of which has a koan, a lesson by Unmon or “No-Gate” the book’s eponymous titleand a succinct poem by Unmon combining the koan and lesson.
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