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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The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan (Mumonkan)
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Gateless Barrier by Zenkei Shibayama. Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama. 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.
It contains forty- eight koansor spiritual riddles, that must be explored during the course of Zen training. 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 gatelesx the religious development of lay Buddhists. Shibayama Zenkeian influential Japanese Zen teacher and calligrapher who traveled and lectured throughout the United States in the 60s and 70s, offers his own commentary alongside the classic text.
The Gateless Barrier remains an essential text for all serious students of Buddhism. Paperbackpages.
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This book required a complete departure from how I normally read and the way that I think about things. Of course this sounds cliche, but is genuinely true from the outset. Boolean logic, describing something as is or is-not, and any other logical principles are of absolutely no use to the reader. Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise.
If you think that’s a bunch of crap and I wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking so: 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. I can’t say I’d recommend the book to anyone, but not because it was in any way lacking.
Quite the opposite in fact.
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This translation was exceptional I read barrjer in tandem barriwr another translation of the Mumonkan–“The Gateless Gate” by Koun Yamada–and much preferred this translation. Idiomatic expressions are explained and ambiguous translations explicitly stated as such E. 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.
There are vastly many more koan than appear here, but these are the ones chosen by Unmon he felt most effective in the teaching of his students.
Zenkei Shibayama adds his harrier commentary to each of these to make them gatdless to modern westerners. I feel he gatekess well. Read the first chapter and if it looks like something you’d enjoy mulling over, you’d probably like the entire text.
If it seems like nonsensical drivel or just isn’t your thing: Aug 14, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans. The commentary is very helpful. Recommended for study of Zen koans Also recommended as five star rating: North Point Press, This is a collection of Zen koans with commentary by Zenkei Shibayama.
For those unfamiliar with this kind of material it would probably be mystifying and maybe even annoying, but anyone who already loves this kind of stuff should rush right out and get it.
Beautiful writing by Shibayama, very complete and written at a meditative pace. Dec 30, Jonn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not a book you ever really gsteless, but something gatelesa there will inevitably make you consider your experience differently.
Zenkei Shibayama’s commentary is extensive and in-depth, including a history of many of the teachers mentioned in the koan stories. Timothy Hansell rated it really liked it Oct 18, Ceezy McBleezy rated it it was amazing May 05, Roger Klingman rated it really liked it Nov 20, Erik rated it really liked it Jan gateless, Pop Frantzy rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Barbara O’Brien rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Anthony rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Shunyata rated it liked it Oct 15, Miguel Sanchez rated it really liked it Feb 09, George rated it it was amazing Apr 24, Sofia Catharina rated it really liked it Dec 16, Patrick Clasen rated it it was amazing Nov 16, John Gruber rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Fiona Caterina rated it it was amazing Dec 05, gatelss Steve rated it liked it Feb 07, Monarch rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Hugh McGinness rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Jimmy rated it really liked it Jan 28, Anniina Palm rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Tenney Nathanson rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Jason Morris rated it it was ok Jan 11, Phil rated it it was amazing Jun 27, James rated it really liked it Aug 15, Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Mar 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Shibayama also taught at Otani University and was the head abbot of the entire Nanzenji Organization, overseeing the administration of over five hundred temples. Due to a number of lecture tours he undertook to the United States in the s, and the translation of several of his books into English, Shibayama was a significant contributor to the establishment of Zen in America.
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