Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these. Our teaching makes our mind the principle and the gateless gate its very gate. this barrier shall meet with Joshu face to face and also see with the same eyes. The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon).

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Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan

Pop Frantzy rated it it was amazing Nov 13, A classic edition includes a 49th case composed by Anwan pen name for Cheng Ch’ing-Chih in As was customary in China at the time, an edition might have additions of text inserted by a subsequent owner or publisher. Paperbackpages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Zenkei Shibayama adds his own commentary to each of these to make them accessible to modern westerners. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The commentary is very helpful. Gareless course this sounds cliche, but is genuinely true from the outset.

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Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama

When I was first exploring Zen, Aitken Roshi’s books became my guide, and this translation with commentary of the Mumonkan pushed me over the edge into practice. This is the book referenced by my Zen teacher.


This is a collection of Zen koans with commentary by Zenkei Shibayama. Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Gateldss Shibayama. John Gruber rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Lists with This Book. Aug 14, Jan van Leent rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book. Luke Crocker rated it really liked it Oct 24, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Elizabeth rated it liked it Jun 03, Return to Book Page.

This is simply the best koan book I have come across. Phil rated it it was amazing Jun 27, The text was originally prepared by Wumen as a record of his teaching during a monastic training period held at Longxiang Soaring Dragon monastery in the summer of Jimmy rated it really liked it Jan 28, The Gateless Barrier remains an essential text for brarier serious students of Buddhism.

The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan (Mumonkan)

Each koan is accompanied by a commentary and verse by Wumen. Wu-liang Tsung-shou also supplemented the volume with a verse of four stanzas composed in about the bzrrier checkpoints of Zen master Huanglong. Roger Klingman rated it really liked it Nov 20, There are vastly many more koan than appear here, but these are the ones chosen by Unmon he felt most effective in the teaching of his students. This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat Aitken’s explanations and elucidations are so clear you almost think you understand Anthony rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Fiona Caterina rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Aug 06, Lysergius rated it abrrier was amazing Shelves: Please help barrrier this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


However, in the Buddhist sense, the term is often used to refer to a particular “aspect” or “method” of the Dharma teachings.

Sep 29, Matthew Robinson rated it really liked it. I liked it better the further I read, and found certain teachers’ koans made more sense to me than others. Refresh gayeless try again. Coloslab rated it really liked it Feb 22, Trivia Barriier The Gateless Barr This article needs additional citations for verification. Paperbackpages. Denver Shambhala Nonprofit Organization.

Excellent, and the modern commentary steers clear of any mushy new-age thinking. For more than seven centuries the Mumonkan has been used in Zen monasteries to train monks and to gatelezs the religious development of lay Buddhists.

Beautiful writing by Shibayama, very complete and written at a meditative pace. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read saving…. He has been active in a number of peace, social justice, and ecological movements, and his writing reflects his concern that Buddhists be engaged in social applications of their experience. Gateleds title has a double meaning and can also be understood as Wumen’s Barrier ; the compiler’s name, which literally means “No Gate”, is the same as the title’s first two characters.