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By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

ISBN-10: 0865473285

ISBN-13: 9780865473287

One of the very important elements of conventional Rinzai Zen koan research in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase workouts. whilst Zen scholars have attained enough mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the commonly used “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to check. while the scholar presents a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to choose a “capping phrase,” frequently a passage from a poem one of the hundreds of thousands in a distinct anthology, the single publication allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written completely in chinese language, was once translated by means of famous Zen priest and pupil Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen woodland: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital is a jap assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in gleaming English types that hold the Zen implications of the verse.

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