Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans (2020)

Elegant Failure A Guide to Zen Koans Zen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples at the moment of enlightenment or near enlightenment These stories have long fascinated Western readers because of their wisd
  • Title: Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans
  • Author: Richard Shrobe
  • ISBN: 9781930485259
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples at the moment of enlightenment or near enlightenment These stories have long fascinated Western readers because of their wisdom, humor, and enigmatic quality Drawing on over 30 years of practice and teaching, Richard Shrobe himself a recognized Zen Master has selected 22 cases from The Blue ClifZen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples at the moment of enlightenment or near enlightenment These stories have long fascinated Western readers because of their wisdom, humor, and enigmatic quality Drawing on over 30 years of practice and teaching, Richard Shrobe himself a recognized Zen Master has selected 22 cases from The Blue Cliff Record and Wu men kuan that he finds deeply meaningful and helpful for meditation practice In Elegant Failure, he provides a wealth of background information and personal anecdotes for each koan that help to illuminate its meaning without detracting from its paradoxical nature As Shrobe reminds us, The main core of Zen teaching is the bare bones of what is there In a certain sense, embellishing a story takes away from the central teaching Don t embellish anything, just be with it as it is.
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    One Reply to “Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans”

    1. A good book for understanding the core teachings of Zen Buddhism Koans Kong ans in Ch an Buddhism are statements of public record that document moments of insight that occur between teacher and student, between students, and sometimes between Zen masters The author does a pretty good job of explaining the often inscrutable nature of koans, writes a brief history of each koan s origin, and talks about how koans are relevant in today s fast moving society.

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