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The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans


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In The Gateless Gate, one of modern Zen Buddhism's uniquely influential masters offers classic commentaries on the Mumonkan, one of Zen's greatest collections of teaching stories. This translation was compiled with the Western reader in mind, and includes Koan Yamada's clear and penetrating comments on each case. Yamada played a seminal role in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West from Japan, going on to be the head of the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Community.

The Gateless Gate would be invaluable if only for the translation and commentary alone, yet it's loaded with extra material and is a fantastic resource to keep close by:

  • An in-depth Introduction to the History of Zen Practice
  • Lineage charts
  • Japanese-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Japanese conversion charts for personal names, place names, and names of writings
  • Plus front- and back-matter from ancient and modern figures: Mumon, Shuan, Kubota Ji'un, Taizan Maezumi, Hugo Enomiya-Lasalle, and Yamada Roshi's son, Masamichi Yamada.

A wonderful inspiration for the koan practitioner, and for those with a general interest in Zen Buddhism.


The classic book of Zen Koans.


Invaluable tool for the Zen practitioner and a wonderful inspiration for those who have more general interest in Zen.

About the Author

Koun Yamada became a dharma successor to the renowned Zen master Haku'un Yasutani while maintaining a prominent career in business and public health. He guided the Zen practice of many students including a large number of Roman Catholic priests, monks, and nuns.A former Jesuit priest, Ruben L.F. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun, he is also the author of Healing Breath and other works in Japanese and English.

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Yamada, Koun
Wisdom Publications (MA)
Yamada, Koun
Habito, Ruben L. F.
Yamada, Koun
Zen buddhism
Eastern - General
RELIGION / Buddhism/Zen
Religion-Eastern - General
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