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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Books by Zenkei Shibayama. Tom rated it really liked it Jul 20, Excellent, and the modern commentary steers clear of any mushy new-age thinking.

Jan 22, Peter rated it it was amazing. The Gateless Barrier remains an essential text for all serious students of Buddhism. This is a collection of Zen koans with commentary by Zenkei Shibayama. 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.

Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references. 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 batrier that it is.

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Jason Morris rated it it was ok Jan 11, This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat Read the first chapter and if it looks like something you’d enjoy mulling over, you’d probably like the entire text. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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James rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Aug 14, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Five of the koans in the work concern the sayings and doings of Zhaozhou ; four concern Ummon.

His work, Zen Master Raven: 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 barroer barrier to my getting something from this I’ve read a number of Koan collections and most leave me baffled.

March Learn how and when to remove this template message. This is simply the best koan book I have come across. Traditions Dharma transmission Zen lineage charts Zen ranks and hierarchy Zen organisation and institutions Zen Narratives. The most well known version of the text is from the Japanese wood block edition made gateess the manuscript edition that contains the following sections. May 20, Dave rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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This implies the literal translation checkpoint without a gate.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Jewel in the Lotus Library. As with the main koans, each caveat challenges the Zen student’s attachment to dualistic concepts, here those especially related to Zen practice.

In the camp, he met the British scholar R. I have not read other koan books, and it barroer planning on my part to read this everyday.

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Preview — Gateless Barrier by Zenkei Shibayama. Shunyata rated it liked it Oct 15, Zenkei Shibayama adds his own commentary to each of these to make them accessible to modern westerners.

Tony rated it really liked it Apr 28, Trivia About The Gateless Barr Excellent translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans. One should also note that, gwteless the author of the collection was named Wumen which could mean either the literal gateless or the figurative gate of emptinessWumenguan could also be read as simply, the Checkpoint of Wumen.

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Dan rated it it was amazing Jan 10, The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. See more of Zen Center of Denver on Facebook.

However, in the Buddhist sense, the term is often used to refer to a particular “aspect” or “method” of the Dharma teachings. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Wikisource has original text related to this article: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Patrick Clasen rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Open Preview See a Problem? Specifically I picked the book up for the purpose of seeing what, if anything, there WAS gate,ess this contrary manner of thinking, particularly since my “discriminating” mind has served me well thus far.

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