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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March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Although the short title The Gateless Gate has become fairly common in English, this translation must be rejected upon closer scrutiny.

Open Preview See a Problem? This article needs additional citations for verification. The essays on each koan are meticulously written and agteless the reader a solid background on the teachers involved in each case and place each koan within a historical and cultural context.

Recommended for study of Zen gateelss Also recommended as five star rating: Miguel Sanchez rated it really liked it Feb 09, Specifically I picked the book up for the purpose of seeing what, if anything, there WAS to this contrary manner of thinking, particularly since my “discriminating” mind has served me well thus far.

Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wu-liang Tsung-shou also supplemented the volume with a verse of four stanzas composed in about the three checkpoints of Zen master Huanglong.


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The Gateless Barrier – Wikipedia

Wikipedia has some interesting things to say about the translation of the title alone, and they’re illustrative of the dense, multilayered meanings in the work itself: Want to Read saving…. Sections of this page. Shibayama also taught at Otani University and was the head abbot of the entire Nanzenji Organization, overseeing the administration of over five hundred temples. Phil rated it it was amazing Jun 27, The Gateless Gate Mandarin: In the camp, he met the British scholar R.

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Wikisource has original text related to this article: Joel rated it liked it Dec 26, Idiomatic expressions are explained and ambiguous translations explicitly stated as such E. Julie for FC Politician. Denver Shambhala Nonprofit Organization. Excellent translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans. I’ve read a number of Koan collections and most leave me baffled. Dharma transmission Zen lineage charts Zen ranks and hierarchy Zen organisation and institutions Zen Narratives.

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This implies the literal translation checkpoint without a gate. Retrieved from ” https: Fiona Caterina rated it it was amazing Dec 05, 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 Shibayama Zenkeian influential Japanese Zen teacher and calligrapher who traveled and lectured th For more than seven centuries the Mumonkan has been used in Zen monasteries to train monks and to encourage the religious development of lay Buddhists.

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. Sayings and Doings of a Wise Birdwas published by Tuttle in [review]. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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