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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They pass judgment on your “understanding” of the koan that they assign you to work on.

Hekiganroku – The Blue Cliff Record – The Zen Universe

Read more Read less. I found most if it extremely esoteric and unnecessarily obscure, especially when compared with later scripture, for example ” Zen Stories”.

Its been a wild ride and has help my personal and professional career. Reading and translations always offer complex possible hermeneutical interpretations. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. About Contact Glossary Resources. Zen masters swallow names and concepts, while the entities they represent change.

Even if you get some clif understanding by means of a single word you are still just dozing.

Michael Schutzler rated it really liked it Mar 10, Return to the Index for this Webpage. The structure of the case is the following: This webpage was first published on the Internet cljff December 6, The mountains and rivers are found in the same space that the Mind is found.


It isn’t that your mind is a sie This is one of my “go to” paper-based books. View all 4 comments. He also added eighteen koans from the recorded sayings of Yun-men Wen-yen. It is about seven feet long, perhaps with some of its twigs left untrimmed, and is quite ungainly in appearance. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

How still it was and formless, standing alone, and undergoing no change, reaching everywhere and in no danger of being exhausted! But because nothing exists as an independent, permanent entity, there are no obstructions on the path to enlightenment. When we speak in this fashion it is jut the manner of our school.

In some cases it symbolically represents “the One Truth pervading the universe,” “original Buddha Nature,” “True Self,” or “the fundamental ‘it’ “.

His translations of many Buddhist texts including the Blue Cliff Record are invaluable and a resource for all who seek to practice the Dharma. If you can put a saying into effect and bluw the essential pass, it still won’t do to let go.

Yes, trees drink rivers and swallow mountains, but we don’t live long enough to experience koajs power. This is one of my “go to” paper-based books. Every Zen Master favoring koan study says you should be going seated meditation Silent Illumination on a daily basis, reflecting on the koan on a daily basis Koan Gazingand having a qualified Zen master work privately Dokusan with you on a regular basis to test your understanding of the koan.


Zen masters, spiritual warriors, rise up like hurricane dragons, and gobble up and spit out our confidence in ordinary thinking and perceptions about being in this world.

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The Blue Cliff Record by Yuanwu Keqin

Renko There is no author description yet. The Blue Cliff Record Chinese: Set up a giveaway. Religions, past and present, including Buddhism, include lively stories about imaginary beings or spirits and ways to praise, supplicate, placate or avoid them. Grab Yunmen’s Dragon Staff and pound it on the floor once.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Translated by Thomas Cleary and J. A wooden stick swallow up a river? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat This book on Koan, along with “The Book of Serenity”, lbue a fundamental necessity for anyone involved in the rigors of Rinzai Zen training.

They are the living record of generations of enlightened practice. Wrestle the dragon to the ground, then hold your cane up high.

The Blue Cliff Record

Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: This was done by R D M Shaw. You will see the mountains; and seeing brings some understanding. They lie in the sand shoals of the dead water, exhausted and gasping. What was waiting for you up beyond the Barrier? Push through the Gate of Yu.