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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Five of the koans in the work concern the sayings and doings of Zhaozhou ; four concern Ummon.

The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan (Mumonkan)

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise. Books by Robert Aitken.

Trivia About Gateless Barrier Wumen selected the 48 koans and commented on and added a verse for each koan. Mumon Ekai ; — Zen Comments barriier the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The title has a double meaning and can also be understood as Wumen’s Barrier ; the compiler’s name, which literally means bqrrier Gate”, is the same as the title’s first two characters.

Adam varrier it really liked it Feb 13, 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Wu-liang Tsung-shou also supplemented the volume with a verse of four stanzas composed in about the three barirer of Zen master Huanglong.


Quite the opposite in fact.

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Preview — Gateless Barrier by Zenkei Shibayama. Aitken Roshi’s teachings are especially wonderful because he doesn’t play around with jargon, he presents the Dharma direct, in Western terms and examples, in language that is easy to appreciate.

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: John Gruber rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Boolean logic, describing something as is or is-not, and any other logical principles are of absolutely no use to the reader. Of course this sounds cliche, but is genuinely true from the outset.


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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wumen’s preface indicates that the volume was published in The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen.

If it seems like nonsensical drivel or just isn’t your thing: This translation was exceptional I read this in tandem with another translation of the Mumonkan–“The Gateless Gate” by Koun Yamada–and much preferred this translation.

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As was customary in China at the time, an edition might have additions of text inserted by a subsequent owner or publisher. Excellent, and the modern commentary steers clear of any mushy new-age thinking. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Open Preview See a Problem? Elizabeth rated it liked it Jun 03, Luke Crocker rated it really liked it Gatelesa 24, The essays on each koan are meticulously written and give the reader a solid background on the teachers involved in each case and place varrier koan within a historical and cultural context.

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Refresh and try again. The student is challenged to transcend the polarity that the koan represents and demonstrate or show that transcendence to the Zen teacher. Sayings and Doings of a Wise Birdwas published by Tuttle in [review].