By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu
One of the very important facets of conventional Rinzai Zen koan research in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase routines. while Zen scholars have attained enough mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the well-known “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to review. while the scholar presents a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to opt for a “capping phrase,” often a passage from a poem one of the hundreds of thousands in a unique anthology, the one ebook allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written completely in chinese language, used to be translated through famous Zen priest and pupil Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen wooded area: Sayings of the Masters. Equally very important is a eastern assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in gleaming English types that continue the Zen implications of the verse.
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A Zen Harvest: Japanese Zen Folk Sayings by Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu