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Description - Unlocking The Zen Koan by Thomas Cleary

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556432477
ISBN-10: 155643247X
Format: Paperback / softback
(211mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Publish Date: 24-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Thomas Cleary

Thomas Cleary has studied Zen koans for thirty years, and has long been acknowledge worldwide as a master translator of Zen texts. His acclaimed translations of Buddhist and Taoist classics, renowned for their unusual lucidity, have been adopted as international standards for retranslation into French, Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish.

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