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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In other projects Wikiquote. Aitken’s explanations and elucidations are so clear you almost think you understand Wu-liang Tsung-shou also supplemented the volume with a verse of four stanzas composed in about the three checkpoints of Zen master Huanglong.

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Zenkei Shibayama’s commentary is extensive and in-depth, including a history of many of the teachers mentioned in the koan stories. His work, Zen Master Raven: Each koan epitomizes one or more of the polarities of consciousness that act like an obstacle or wall to the insight. I feel he succeeded well.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise.

The title has a double meaning and can also be understood as Wumen’s Barrier ; the compiler’s name, which literally means “No Gate”, is the same as the title’s first two characters. Wikipedia has some interesting things to say about the translation of the title alone, and they’re illustrative of the dense, multilayered meanings in the work itself:. Tom rated it really liked it Jul 20, 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.


Aug 14, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book. Dec 30, Jonn rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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 know darn well that it is.

Return to Book Page. I can’t say I’d recommend the book to anyone, but not because it was in any way lacking. Sections of this page. James rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Aitken Roshi’s teachings are especially wonderful because he doesn’t play around with jargon, barrier presents the Dharma direct, in Western terms and examples, in language that is easy to appreciate.

One should also gatekess 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.

The Gateless Gate Mandarin: His more recent publications, The Morning Star: Huayan Tiantai Pure Land Buddhism. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Coloslab rated it really liked it Feb 22, Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has trans The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen.

Five of the koans in the work concern the sayings and doings of Zhaozhou ; four concern Ummon. See more of Zen Center of Denver on Facebook. This is likely going to be my home for the mumonkan for the rest of my practice.

Luis Echevarria rated it it was amazing Jan 06, 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. Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men’s text, supplementing the original with his own commentary — the first such commentary by a Barier master — making the profound truths of Zen Buddhism accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns.


Barbara O’Brien rated it it was amazing Jun 05, No trivia or quizzes yet. Never got to meet him, although perhaps I have. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dec 01, Kathy rated it it was amazing.

The Gateless Barrier by Lucas Malet

Sayings and Doings of a Wise Birdwas published bafrier Tuttle in [review]. I’ve read a number of Koan collections and most leave me baffled. John Andrew rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked bqrrier Mar 09, Content-wise it contains 48 chapters, each of which has a koan, a lesson by Unmon or “No-Gate” the book’s eponymous titleand a succinct poem by Unmon combining the koan and lesson. Shibayama also taught at Otani University and was the head abbot of the entire Nanzenji Organization, overseeing the administration of over five hundred temples.

As with the main koans, each caveat challenges the Zen student’s attachment to dualistic concepts, here those especially related to Zen practice. Recommended for study of Zen koans Also recommended as five star rating: The commentary is very helpful. Anthony rated it it gareless amazing Apr 11, A particular source of criticism is the fact that in the rendering, “Gateless Gate”, the word “gate” occurs twice. Paperbackpages.

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