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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The Gateless Barrier – Wikipedia

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Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references. His teachings were transcribed and after the training period were compiled into the collection called the Wumen Guan. Jimmy rated it really liked it Jan 28, Luis Echevarria rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama. The Gateless Gate – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Luke Crocker rated it really liked it Oct 24, A classic edition includes a 49th case composed by Anwan pen name for Cheng Ch’ing-Chih in Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Zenkei Shibayama’s commentary is extensive and in-depth, including a history of many of the teachers mentioned in the koan stories. I’ve done a number of Zen retreats and never got anywhere with koan study, but the level of insight Aitken brings to these essays ensures that isnt’a barrier to my getting something from this book.

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

See more of Zen Center of Denver on Facebook. This implies the literal translation checkpoint without a gate. The Gateleess Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen.

Return to Book Page. I finally just read all of Yamada Koun Roshi’s Mumonkan and so I read doesn’t baerier me as amazing at this moment but I know darn well that it is. Books by Zenkei Shibayama.

Published January 1st by North Point Press first published However, in the Buddhist sense, the term is often used to refer to a particular “aspect” or “method” of the Dharma barrer.