The Undying Lamp of Zen: The Testament of Zen Master Torei Paperback – 26 Oct 2010
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"An indispensible aid to the practice of Rinzai Zen and an accessible entree to the Zen experience in general. Torei is a compelling guide; his tone is energetic, no nonsense, and full of personality."--Sweeping Zen blog"Eminent translator Cleary has made a true spiritual gem accessible to Westerners."--New Age Retailer
About the Author
Thomas Cleary holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.
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12 October 2011
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This book is a Zen classic, and there is a very good translation by Yoko Okuda overseen by the Ven Myokyo-ni entitled the 'The Discourse of The Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School' with a commentary by Master Daibi of Ukan published by The Zen Centre, London 1989. The commentary is extensive and helps to interpret a book that is barely comprehensible without. Mr Cleary is an amazingly prolific translator and we in the west owe him an enormous ammount of gratitude in making available so many texts concerning the BuddhaDharmma. It could be said that by translating everything into English some clarity is lost.. It would be great if terms such as Sunyata, Pratyekabuddha etc which are translated as emptiness etc were then asterisked with the actual sanskrit term. But this is just grumbling as we owe the Clearys such a debt for translating these important works into smooth flowing prose.. Without a commentary it is made even more difficult and I would highly recommend the Zen Centre's translation to be read in conjunction with this work. My Zen teacher felt that this work was very important as an aid to encourage further training.
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Although less well-known than his teacher Hakuin, Torei was ...
31 August 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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Although less well-known than his teacher Hakuin, Torei was an outstanding Zen master who helped to carry forward the Hakuin tradition in Japan; he was also a fascinating artist in both painting and calligraphy
Excellent essay on true Zen practice.
12 June 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
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8 people found this helpful.
This essay describes the importance of true Zen practice and contrasts it with false teachings and perspectives that actually hamper the progress of students. It was written by a teacher who lamented the decline of Zen in his time (the 18th century), and who was attempting to spur on the efforts of his contemporaries to practice diligently and in accordance with what had actually been intended by his lineage. Torei urges students to continue on ever deeper in their practice, even after "seeing nature", never stopping their progress toward the ultimate realization of the Buddhas. Without being elitist, Torei makes it clear that there are false paths and false teachers, and that following these can have disastrous consequences. Torei thought he was dying when he produced this work, and that may have influenced the tenor of it. However, he was careful to have his teacher, the renowned Hakuin, read it before he allowed it to be seen by a more general audience. Hakuin commented that it would be appropriate for students more toward the beginning of their practice. As a more intermediate student of Zen I found this to be very helpful.
Upasaka Heng He
Solid work from Hakuin's disciple
7 July 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
This work energized my practice back when I was still practising Zen (I've since departed to another sect of Buddhism). - It's clear, concise, and contains guidelines.
21 September 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
7 people found this helpful.
I am starting a meditation group and will include this in the rec reading. This book illustrates a zen master's sincere wish to translate the lineage properly. In Japanese culture, it is of ultimate importance that the master hands down the teachings in a complete and strong manner. In American culture, we usually challenge what has gone before and find our own path. As I myself go down the path of teaching about zen and meditation, I will be mindful of this text and the master's urgings. I would say that this book would be best studied under a Roshi and with guidance along the way. It's always important not to become too intellectual in the pursuit of zen...or the being with the zen.
Required reading for Zen practitioners
28 January 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have now reread this amazing book four times. While it is very understated ( much like Toreizenji himself...) there are very subtle insights into the entire spectrum of Zen training. I have also given this book to a few fellow practitioners and they too find it remarkable. Very simply ( but elegantly) written, it allows accessibility to some very important tools for deepening one's affinity with this most subtle form of spiritual practice. This one can't be recommended highly enough...you won't be disappointed.