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Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice (Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture)

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Publisher Comments:

Zen Sand is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of klan meditation to negotiate the difficult relationship between insight and language. As such it represents a major contribution to both Western Zen practice and English-language Zen scholarship.

In Japan the traditional Rinzai Zen koan curriculum includes the use of jakugo, or "capping phrases." Once a monk has successfully replied to a koan, the Zen master orders the search for a classical verse to express the monk's insight into the koan. Special collections of these jakugo were compiled as handbooks to aid in that search. Until now, Zen students in the West, lacking this important resource, have been severely limited in carrying out this practice. Zen Sand combines and translates two standard jakugo handbooks and opens the way for incorporating this important tradition fully into Western Zen practice.

For the scholar, Zen Sand provides a detailed description of the jakugo practice and its place in the overall koan curriculum, as well as a brief history of the Zen phrase book. This volume also contributes to the understanding of East Asian culture in a broader sense.

Book News Annotation:

Zen monk Hori (Japanese religions, McGill U.) explains that the originals represented here are paperback books small enough to be tucked into the folds of a monk's kimono, and evolved from crib sheets that had to be hidden from the master. Capping phrases are succinct aids to help practitioners of Rinzai Zen negotiate the relationship between insight and language. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 731-748) and index.

Synopsis:

Zen Sand is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of koan meditation in negotiating the difficult relationship between insight and language. In Japan the traditional Rinzai Zen koan curriculum includes the use of jakugo, or "capping phrases." Once a monk has successfully replied to a koan, the Zen master orders the search for a classical verse to express the monk's insight into the koan. Until now, Zen students in the West have been severely limited in carrying out this practice. Zen Sand combines and translates two standard jakugo handbooks and opens the way for incorporating this important tradition fully into Western Zen practice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780824822842
Subtitle:
The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press
Author:
Hori, Victor Sogen
Location:
Honolulu
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Koan
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Spiritual life - Rinzai (Sect)
Series:
Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture
Series Volume:
bk 4
Publication Date:
February 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
880
Dimensions:
9.74x6.28x1.66 in. 2.75 lbs.

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Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice (Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture)
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"Synopsis" by , Zen Sand is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of koan meditation in negotiating the difficult relationship between insight and language. In Japan the traditional Rinzai Zen koan curriculum includes the use of jakugo, or "capping phrases." Once a monk has successfully replied to a koan, the Zen master orders the search for a classical verse to express the monk's insight into the koan. Until now, Zen students in the West have been severely limited in carrying out this practice. Zen Sand combines and translates two standard jakugo handbooks and opens the way for incorporating this important tradition fully into Western Zen practice.
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