Publisher: Monkfish Book Pub Co
Published: Nov 16 2021
Height: 1.80 Width: 6.00 Depth: 9.10
Awards: Benjamin Franklin Award, Benjamin Franklin Award
An intriguing, challenging crash course in Zen Buddhism. -- Kirkus Reviews
A generation-defining rendering of one of the great Zen Buddhist scriptures. -- Spirituality and Practice
For centuries, The Blue Cliff Record has stood as one of the preeminent scriptures of the Zen Buddhist tradition in China, Japan, and Korea. However, until now there has been no published commentary by a contemporary Zen Master to assist readers in understanding its counterintuitive and sometimes baffling teachings.
Even with this clarity, finding a path into these old Zen stories is a challenge. They are designed to be roadblocks to intellectual understanding. Using personal memoire, the oral teachings of Zen, and meditation instruction, The Garden assists the reader in approaching the dialogues as spiritual exercises. The Blue Cliff Record contains an explosive power, but you can only access it by integrating its wisdom into your everyday experiences. As Zen Master Nanquan said, Ordinary mind is the Way.