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The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans [Format Kindle]

Koun Yamada , Ruben L. F. Habito

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In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism's uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the Mumonkan, one of Zen's greatest collections of teaching stories. This translation was compiled with the Western reader in mind, and includes Koan Yamada's clear and penetrating comments on each case. Yamada played a seminal role in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West from Japan, going on to be the head of the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Community.

The Gateless Gate would be invaluable if only for the translation and commentary alone, yet it's loaded with extra material and is a fantastic resource to keep close by:
  • An in-depth Introduction to the History of Zen Practice
  • Lineage charts
  • Japanese-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Japanese conversion charts for personal names, place names, and names of writings
  • Plus front- and back-matter from ancient and modern figures: Mumon, Shuan, Kubota Ji'un, Taizan Maezumi, Hugo Enomiya-Lasalle, and Yamada Roshi's son, Masamichi Yamada.

A wonderful inspiration for the koan practitioner, and for those with a general interest in Zen Buddhism.

Biographie de l'auteur

Koun Yamada became a dharma successor to the renowned Zen master Haku'un Yasutani while maintaining a prominent career in business and public health. He guided the Zen practice of many students including a large number of Roman Catholic priests, monks, and nuns.

A former Jesuit priest, Ruben L.F. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun, he is also the author of Healing Breath and other works in Japanese and English.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A gift from a lifetime of practice and enlightenment! 7 juin 2008
Par Ted Biringer - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Gateless Gate (Mumonkan) is one of the most influential texts in the history of Zen Buddhism, and Koun Yamada lucidly guides us to its essential wisdom.

In the style of the classic masters, Koun Yamada presents a treasure trove of insight from his lifetime of practice and enlightenment.

His commentaries on the Mumonkan one open the way to the profound wisdom embodied in this peerless collection of koans, revealing one of the reasons that Koun Yamada was so influential in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West.

Also included is an introduction to the History of Zen Practice, lineage charts, Japanese-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Japanese conversion charts for personal names, and names of writings, place names, and more.

This translation of the Gateless Gate is alone worth the price of the book-- add to that Yamada's profound commentary and the supplamental material and you will see the reason why this is a must own book for anyone interested in Zen.
18 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The modern classic 6 août 2008
Par D. Slone - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the classic set of koans with teisho written in a modern style. You will not have to struggle with arcane language and metaphors. Yamada explains the older metaphors fairly well as well. You can get to the meat of the matter rather than the semantics!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Reflections on truth. 13 septembre 2009
Par Richard Dumke - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This volume has an excellent set of historical observations about Zen and the commentaries on the "koans" are in progression as in any good law book. I feel this is the most outstanding edition available.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Venerable focal point for Zen study 21 novembre 2011
Par Shikantaza - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans is one of the principal collections of Zen koans (Chinese: "public records"), masterfully translated by Koun Yamada Roshi. More recent translations exist, but this book is the basis of much of current Zen teaching.

Compiled by Mumon almost 900 years ago, the koans in Gateless Gate (or Gateless Barrier) are short stories or riddles that are used as a means to accelerate the process of realization. While these riddles can't be solved by any rational process, they must be penetrated to realize their message. (Ask yourself: "Should I walk to work or take my lunch?" If an answer exists, it can't be produced by any logical system I'm aware of. Developing this answer is analogous to the process of realizing/solving a koan.)

I've owned a copy of Gateless Gate for over 30 years, though I originally purchased the book out of curiosity. It made absolutely no sense to me whatever, but I kept it because I found some of the stories amusing. I bought the latest edition because my teacher uses it occasionally as the basis for Dharma talks, though I have yet to formally embark on koan study. It is delightful to have this important Zen study aid - and other Zen titles - available for kindle.

[As with all my reviews of Zen-related products, I provide a disclaimer: Zen isn't something you read about or talk about. Find a qualified teacher. Develop strong practice habits. Realize yourself and be well.]


Contrary to other reviews, this is not a general-purpose text for people interested in spirituality. Unless you're one of them one-in-a-million transcendent folks, you probably won't make much headway through this book without a teacher. "Joshu's Dog," the first koan in this collection, is very typically the first koan assigned by a teacher, but only after a student is sufficiently accomplished in basic practice. I've talked to any number of folks who tell me they've needed 3-6 YEARS of guided study before they penetrated "Joshu's Dog." (I can hardly wait.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Accessible to Everyone 19 novembre 2008
Par klima99 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Koun Yamada's translations are essential not just for students working on koans but for all of us (laymen) interested in spirituality. I find myself going back to this book for inspiration and clarity.
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