The Blue Cliff Record is a translation of the Pi Yen Lu, a collection of one hundred famous Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and verses from the . Besides thinking about this koan each day, I used the following koan Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei. The Blue Cliff Record is the “model koan text” for Zen Buddhists, according to the back of the book in front of me. Shunryu Suzuki uses some of.

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It’s as if the koan is saying that Yun Men transforms into a Recodr. The carp becomes a dragon which then brings a flood of rain.

Joshua rated it it was amazing Jun 13, He also added eighteen koans from the recorded sayings of Yun-men Wen-yen. Once you die the Great Death and burry your body and mind in What, you will understand without minding and see without seeing.

Hekiganroku – The Blue Cliff Record – The Zen Universe

This is a book that could make me cry. This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat Staff, Cane, Stick, Wand: Zen koan collections works.

Jan 21, Marian rated it it was amazing Shelves: A stick and a dragon can symbolize or represent all of these causes and conditions. Over time, the collection achieved great popularity, mainly because it was embodying the essentials of Zen.


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A photo posted by doshin thezenuniverse on May 15, at 2: I guess I should be able to “pierce through” to get the meaning directly. Are we talking with one another in the Dragon’s belly? In China, dragons are a symbol of transformation and change. This webpage was last updated or modified on March 8, Mumonkan and HekiganrokuTranslated by Katsuki Sekida,clif.

Since it was a large text, he did not have enough time. Writing and reading about koans, for them, misses the mark. He also provided a short introduction to most of the cases.

The Blue Cliff Record

A few of the themes I gleamed: I didn’t blie it, which is why I give it one star. I grab the cane, bite it, and say: The Zen Clff of Huang Po: A classic, but I wish there was better western style commentary. Also the translation of the Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei is useful: This phrase should be read with the next one. Sande rated it it was amazing Jan 16, The Masters and Their Teachings. Goodson rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Maybe I will understand this more deeply at some other time.

In some cases it symbolically represents “the One Truth pervading the universe,” “original Buddha Nature,” “True Self,” or “the fundamental ‘it’ “. A slow, hard read but well worth it. If you don’t let go, the whole earth is worth grasping.


They are the living record of generations of enlightened practice. What is the meaning of Bodhidharma?

I will only spend 3 months contemplating a specific koan, then I will move on to another koan. We can learn new languages.

The name Hekiganroku applies to this work of dual authorship. We would have no hope of liberation. Shang drinks the wine, and Mr. Metaphors play games at multiple levels and from different viewpoints. By breaking down logic and perceptions, you touch the truth of direct experience.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Buddhas see offerings and turn these offerings into dharmas. I’ve been working with this book for years, including a study group that’s been meeting in one form or another since the late koana, and cannot begin to capture in words how excellent it is.

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