A Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters by Soiku Shigematsu

By Soiku Shigematsu

Zen Buddhism can actually be referred to as the crucial philosophy of the Orient. not only a puzzle to be unraveled through the mind, Zen bargains a problem to either brain and spirit, calling on all our intuitive, social, and self-disciplinary powers.

The distillation of this Oriental philosophy is inside the Zen sayings—pithy words and poems passed down from a uncommon line of chinese language and jap masters. Over the centuries, their sayings and writings were compiled into voluminous handbooks.

The such a lot entire of those are many of the variations of Zenrin Kushu, or the "Zen woodland announcing Anthology." severe Zen scholars are nonetheless required to memorize 1000s of those sayings. In monasteries in every single place Japan, would-be clergymen are available thoughtfully thumbing via their well-worn anthologies through the dim candle-light, trying to find definitely the right word to "cap" their Zen adventure and task. As their masters assign them more and more tricky koans for contemplation and eventual resolution, they reply with sayings culled from the anthologies, or they carry their very own words so as to add to the dynamic physique of Zen literature.

In the current ebook, for the 1st time, over 1,200 of those brief sayings—from the comical, to the profound, to the downright mystifying— look in brilliant, poetic, English translation. From the millions of sayings in lifestyles, the writer has compiled a consultant choice, including his personal illuminating creation on tips on how to learn the sayings. every one poem uniquely illustrates a few point of Zen, from the character of satori to the that means of enlightened task within the genuine world.

These keys to Zen knowing are actually to be had to English audio system. Readers are inspired to learn the sayings, to reflect on them, and at last to use to their very own lives the knowledge came across there.

Included is a range of the author's favourite sayings rendered in outstanding calligraphy through his father, abbot of the well known Shogen-ji Zen temple in Shizuoka. for college kids with an curiosity in additional learn, the publication additionally includes an appen-dix with the unique chinese language characters and their eastern romanizations. A thesaurus of individuals and areas and a bibliographical resource word whole this collection.

SOIKU SHIGEMATSU combines his tasks as an lively Zen priest at Shogen-ji temple with a full-time place as professor of English at Shizuoka college. He has lengthy been attracted to utilising the Zen standpoint to the examine of yank literature, from Emerson to Gary Snyder. during this quantity he turns his efforts within the other way, offering a vintage of Zen literature for the English-speaking viewers.

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Thunder rolls (31) once: a clear wind rises. Cry (38) after cry One roar after cry o f j o y — of thunder— N o t minding Burrowing worms all at once the hair turning white, open their doors. (32) 38 (39) One, two, three, Every voice four, five, Buddha's; N o hesitation: Every form Buddha's. three, two, one. (60) One arrow has flown over the Western Sky. (68) One two three (61) four five six seven: One arrow hits the core. The Blue-eyed Monk (62) doesn't understand ' , ; : these. . (69) One arrow shatters three forts.

218) A hunter saves the sparrow That found shelter at his chest. (223) To feel the first rain after long drought; To come across an old friend in a foreign country. (219) Beauty eludes the seeker; Turns up unsought.

Watch (79) the setting sun. . For one thing, Where sun and moon to better the view cannot reach— o f this temple; There For another, is a wonderful sight. to build a guidepost for posterity. Rain passes, (80) clouds gather, One leaf, half dawn; one Buddha; Several peaks, One beard, one Maitreya. rugged green, as if painted. (81) 40 (88) Clouds hang Dead of night: on the peak a black hen bites iron ore. —motionless; (89) Rapid water runs in the valley Blue mountains —murmuring. after rainfall —much bluer.

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