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Unlocking the Zen Koan: A New Translation of the Zen Classic Wumenguan Paperback – 30 Sep 1997

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.; New edition edition (30 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155643247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556432477
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This text provides a translation of "Wumenguan", a classic collection of 48 Chinese Zen Koans, with commentaries by the 13th-century Zen Master Wumen Huikai, whose name is derived from the first Koan in the book, on the concept of no.

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In Unlocking the Zen Koan (originally published as No Boundary) Thomas Cleary translates directly from the Chinese and interprets Zen Master Wumen's text and commentaries in verse and prose on the inner meaning of the koans. Cleary then gives us other great Chinese Zen masters' comments in prose or verse on the same koan. Cleary's probing, analytic commentaries wrestle with meaning and shading, explaining principles and practices. Five different steps to follow in reading the koan begin with its use as a single abrupt perception, and lead progressively to more intellectual readings, illustrating the fixations which stand in the way of a true Zen understanding.

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