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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When you have returned everything to self, you loose what you have and are at a loss for a place to stand. You would not have gone hungry.

This webpage was first published on the Internet on December 6, When you dliff, for you, the mountains, trees, and rivers all disappear.

Reading and translations always offer complex possible hermeneutical interpretations. This influential “Dragon” rains down nourishment to those below: Koan study has long been a literary endeavor, attracting many students and scholars of spiritual literature.

Given the size of the book, this story is most likely apocryphal; kpans Dogen is koand credited with introducing the collection to Japan, [5] where it had a wide circulation. Prior to the singularity, nothing existed, not space, time, matter, or energy – nothing.


In koan practice with a Zen master, he or she assigns a koan for you to work on. Other sources claim that the name of the book is taken from the place where it was written.

The Blue Cliff Record

Contemplating them, meditating on them gets beyond the nonsense. Even if you get some great understanding by means of a single word you are still just dozing. This new found awareness is mind blowing. How still it was and formless, standing alone, and undergoing no change, reaching everywhere and in no danger of being exhausted!

I had an introduction to these ideas from other volumes on Koans. Things and beings are one level “real” and at another level “unreal.

While the Wumenguan gets the most attention as far as gongan J. These koans try to get at something that can’t be expressed in words and which cannot, strictly speaking, be “thought. Don’t have a Kindle? This evolutionary stream of reflections makes a case for little carp-reptile-dragons transforming themselves into humans, we tool creators and users, some who grasp sticks and pose riddles. Puns, riddles, and jokes all tickle our clever and humorous bones. I have my own cherished copy that I have been studying for many years.

I know almost nothing about zen buddhism but I found the koans to be 1.

The Blue Cliff Record: Thomas Cleary, J.C. Cleary: : Books

Did you hear the foregoing citation? This was done by R D M Shaw. Although it is a text of fundamental importance for koan study in the Rinzai School, Hekiganroku it was also studied by Eihei Dogenthe founder of the Japanese Soto school. Mountains and rivers as we know them could be destroyed or “swallowed” up by an immense meteor, an exploding sun, a black hole, immense volcanic eruptions I thank them for their efforts to share their understanding with lay people, like me, whom they will never meet in person.


It is a supreme melding of radical metaphysics and radical language. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Elder Ting asked Lin Chi, “What is the boundary when one goes beyond? Ships from and sold by allnewbooks.

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I guess I should be able to “pierce through” to get the meaning directly. Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei. The whole crowd ran away. Unlocking the Zen Koan. I shall transcend the estate of ordinary fish and achieve a place among the order of sacred dragons. Zen November 28, And it will mock you while it does it, too.

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