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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As with the main koans, each caveat challenges the Zen student’s attachment to dualistic concepts, here those especially related to Zen practice. I have not read other koan books, and it took planning on my part to read this everyday. See more of Zen Center of Denver on Facebook.

Barriier translation of this collection of classic Zen Koans.

Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan

His work, Zen Master Raven: The Jewel in the Lotus Library. As was customary in China fateless the time, an edition might have additions of gatepess inserted by a subsequent owner or publisher. For those unfamiliar with this kind of material it would probably be mystifying and maybe even annoying, but anyone who already loves this kind of stuff should rush right out and get it.

Published January 1st by North Point Press first published I feel he succeeded well.

Sarah R Hoffman rated it it was amazing Mar 15, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The University of Arizona Press, Part of a series bargier. Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama.

The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan by Robert Aitken

Barbara O’Brien rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Luis Echevarria rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Monarch rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Timothy Hansell rated it really liked it Oct 18, Excellent, and the modern commentary steers clear of any mushy new-age thinking. Denver Shambhala Nonprofit Organization. Paperbackpages. 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.


This implies the literal translation checkpoint without a gate. Specifically I picked the book up for the purpose of seeing what, if anything, there WAS to this contrary manner of thinking, particularly since my “discriminating” mind has served me well thus far. This is likely gateelss to be my home for the mumonkan for the rest of my practice. Books by Zenkei Shibayama.

Open Preview See a Problem? Due to a number of lecture tours he undertook to the United States in the s, and the translation of several of his books into English, Shibayama was a significant contributor to the establishment of Zen in America.

Varrier with This Book. Wumen selected the 48 koans and commented on and added a verse for each koan.

Dharma transmission Zen lineage charts Zen ranks and hierarchy Zen organisation and institutions Zen Narratives. Shibayama also taught at Otani University and was the head abbot of the entire Nanzenji Organization, overseeing the administration of over five hundred temples. Views Read Edit View history. The Gateless Gate – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This is a collection of Zen koans with commentary by Zenkei Shibayama. Not a book you ever really finish, but something in there will inevitably make you consider your experience differently.

The essays on each koan are meticulously written and give the reader a solid background on the teachers involved in each case and place each koan within a historical and cultural context. Sections of this page. Wumen’s preface indicates that the volume was published in There are vastly many more koan than appear here, but these are the ones chosen by Unmon he felt most effective in the teaching of his students.



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Jason Morris rated it it was ok Jan 11, Zen koan collections works. Refresh and try again.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. One should also note that, as 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. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Bargier liked it better the further I read, and found certain teachers’ koans made more sense to me than others.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I dip into it often and always get something useful out of it. Although the short title The Gateless Gate has become fairly common in English, this translation must be rejected upon closer scrutiny. Goodreads helps you keep barrer of books you want to read. Hugh McGinness rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Articles needing additional references from March All articles needing additional references.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Roger Klingman rated it really liked it Nov 20, 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 barrierr darn well that it is.