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Start your review of Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan Write a review Jul 23, Scott rated it it was amazing This book required a complete departure from how I normally read and the way that I think about things. Of course this sounds cliche, but is genuinely true from the outset. Boolean logic, describing something as is or is-not, and any other logical principles are of absolutely no use to the reader. Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise.

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Start your review of Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan Write a review Jul 23, Scott rated it it was amazing This book required a complete departure from how I normally read and the way that I think about things. Of course this sounds cliche, but is genuinely true from the outset.

Boolean logic, describing something as is or is-not, and any other logical principles are of absolutely no use to the reader. Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise. 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.

Quite the opposite in fact. This translation was exceptional I read this in tandem with another translation of the Mumonkan--"The Gateless Gate" by Koun Yamada--and much preferred this translation. Idiomatic expressions are explained and ambiguous translations explicitly stated as such E. 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.

Zenkei Shibayama adds his own commentary to each of these to make them accessible to modern westerners. I feel he succeeded well.

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Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan

Moogugor For more than seven centuries the Mumonkan has been used in Zen monasteries to train monks and to encourage the religious development of lay Buddhists. This book required a complete departure from how I normally read and the way that I think about things. Shibayama Zenkeian influential Japanese Zen teacher gateess calligrapher bbarrier traveled and lectured th For more than seven centuries the Mumonkan has been used in Zen monasteries to train monks and to encourage the religious development of lay Buddhists. Although the short title The Gateless Gate has become fairly common in English, this translation must be rejected upon closer scrutiny.

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