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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Wu-liang Tsung-shou also supplemented the volume with a verse of four stanzas composed in about the three checkpoints of Zen master Huanglong. It contains forty- eight koansor spiritual riddles, that must be explored during the course of Zen training.

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Each koan is accompanied by a commentary and verse by Wumen. 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. Sarah R Hoffman rated it it was amazing Mar 15, These three checkpoints of Huanglong should not be confused with Doushuai’s Three Checkpoints found in Case For those unfamiliar with this kind of material it would probably gatelees mystifying and maybe even annoying, but anyone who already loves this kind of stuff should rush right out and get it.

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Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama

Joel rated it liked it Dec 26, Five of the koans in the work concern the sayings and doings of Zhaozhou ; four concern Ummon. Trivia About Gateless Barrier Excellent translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans. John rated it really liked it Mar 10, North Point Press, Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men’s text, supplementing the original with his own commentary — the first such commentary by a Western master — making the profound bardier of Zen Buddhism accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns.

George rated it it was amazing Apr 24, Books by Zenkei Shibayama. Read the first chapter and if it looks like something you’d enjoy mulling over, you’d probably like the entire text.

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I used to do Wednesday nights jikido at ZCLA back in the late 80’s and one night a tall slim stranger monk sat in the monitor’s seat Steve rated it liked it Feb 07, Wikiquote has quotations related to: A particular source of criticism is the fact that in the rendering, “Gateless Gate”, the word “gate” occurs twice.

Retrieved from ” barirer Gathered together by Wu-men Mumona thirteenth-century master of the Lin-chi Rinzai school, it is composed of forty-eight koans, or cases, each accompanied by a brief comment and poem by Wu-men. Idiomatic expressions are explained and ambiguous translations explicitly stated as such E.

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. Wumen’s preface indicates that gateless volume was published in Dec 01, Kathy rated it it was amazing.


In the camp, he met the British scholar R. Ceezy McBleezy rated it it was amazing May 05, A classic edition barrker a 49th case composed by Anwan pen name for Cheng Ch’ing-Chih in Views Read Edit View history. Beautiful writing by Shibayama, very complete and written at a meditative pace.

Excellent translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Patrick Clasen rated it it was amazing Nov 16, The essays on each koan are meticulously written and give the reader a solid background on the teachers involved in each case and place each koan within a historical and cultural context. Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise. Wikisource has original text related to this article: I finally just read all of Yamada Koun Roshi’s Mumonkan and so I read doesn’t strike me as amazing at this moment but I know darn well that it is.

Zenkei Shibayama’s commentary is extensive and in-depth, including a history of many of the teachers mentioned in the koan stories. Sayings and Doings of a Wise Birdwas published by Tuttle in [review]. Return to Book Page. James rated it it was amazing Aug 15,