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Working with Koans in Zen Buddhism [Kindle Edition]

Albert Low
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Because words can no more hold the truth than a net can hold water, we use koans. Koans are sayings, or doings, of Zen masters, the patriarchs and Buddha. Take for example the koan: The Sound of One Hand clapping. In its entirety it reads: “You know the sound of two hands clapping. What is the sound of one hand clapping?” The obvious, intellectual answer is, No sound at all! But then what is this No sound? In other words, is it just silence?
If one is to work on this koan, indeed on any koan, one must demonstrate its meaning. Explanatory words - such as “the two hands represent duality, the one hand is unity” or “the sound of one hand is the sound of the true self” - are useless. A teacher of Zen would reject them out of hand, all the while demanding a real response. Words talk about true nature and, as it were, hold it at arm’s length. One must become the sound of one hand to be able to give a real response, and in this way see for oneself that the sound of one hand is the full expression of the master’s and one’s own awakened state.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and thought provoking 25 Nov 2013
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On the surface this work appears incredibly complex. However, the author uses a number of techniques to cut through the often mind boggling array of illogical logic to present the reader with a clear picture of what could be a subject that would defeat a reader.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult reading 10 Aug 2013
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This book is beyond me really, but that doesn't mean it is the fault of the author. It is a difficult subject anyway
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4.0 out of 5 stars what is this? 2 Mar 2013
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Amazing and actually a bit scary in its profundity. I had to stop reading and take some time to process ....but everyone should have a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, wonderful subject... 31 May 2013
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Without any doubt, Mr. Low is real in everything he approaches regarding the practice of Zen; those who are his pupils and students and have the magnificent opportunity to receive his direct teachings and influence are truly blessed. I highly recommend this book and the others he wrote, in special the most recent (for serious practitioners) "What more do you want?". Thanks to Mr. Albert Low.
2.0 out of 5 stars Koans? 21 Mar 2014
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A book about koans containing only 3 koans. A reasonable definition of part of Zen; but koans? No, not really.
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended 24 Dec 2013
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I found this to be an excellent book and I got a lot from reading it. It was very insightful I would highly recommend it.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's only OK 27 Oct 2013
By Nancy S. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this to try to better understand Koans , which I find fascinating. I don't think I Iearned anything. Maybe I'm not enlightened enough yet
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