Unlocking the Zen Koan A New Translation of the Zen Classic Wumenguam

ISBN-10: 155643247X
ISBN-13: 9781556432477
Edition: 2nd 1997
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Description: Elusive and enigmatic, zen koans have long puzzled people with their surprise meanings hidden in simple tales. Now one of America's finest translators of Asian philosophy provides a brillian new translation of the 12th centuryWumenguan, the most  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 9/24/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Elusive and enigmatic, zen koans have long puzzled people with their surprise meanings hidden in simple tales. Now one of America's finest translators of Asian philosophy provides a brillian new translation of the 12th centuryWumenguan, the most popular of Chinese Zen koans. InUnlocking the Zen Koan(originally published asNo Boundary), Thomas Cleary translates directly from the Chinese and interprets Zen Master Wumen's text and commentaries in verse and prose on the inner meaning of the koans. Cleary then gives us other great Chinese Zen masters' comments in prose or verse on the same koan. Cleary's probing, analytic commentaries wrestle with meaning and shading, explaining principles and practices. Five different steps to follow in reading the koan being with its use as a single abrupt perception, and lead progressively to more intellectual readings, illustrating the fixations which stand in the way of a true Zen understanding.

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