By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu
One of the very important points of conventional Rinzai Zen koan examine in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase workouts. while Zen scholars have attained adequate mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the common “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to check. whilst the scholar offers a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to opt for a “capping phrase,” frequently a passage from a poem one of the hundreds of thousands in a distinct anthology, the one publication allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written completely in chinese language, was once translated by way of famous Zen priest and student Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen wooded area: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital is a eastern assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in gleaming English models that maintain the Zen implications of the verse.
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A Zen Harvest: Japanese Zen Folk Sayings by Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu