By Seung Sahn
Zen is legendary for koans (called kong-ans in Korean, and during this book), these strange and possible unanswerable questions Zen masters pose to their scholars to examine their attention (such as “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”). worry of koans retains a few humans from ever giving Zen perform a try out. yet right here, in the course of the event of seeing a latest Zen grasp paintings together with his scholars, you will discover what koan education is absolutely like: It’s a skillful, full of life perform for reaching wisdom.
This booklet provides the approach of ten koans that Zen grasp Seung Sahn got here to name the “Ten Gates.” those koans symbolize the fundamental kinds one will stumble upon in any process research. all of the ten gates, or koans, is illuminated via real interchanges among Zen grasp Seung Sahn and his scholars that convey what the perform is all approximately: it's peculiarly a means of coming to belief one’s personal knowledge, and of manifesting that knowledge in each koan-like scenario existence provides us with.
For additional information at the writer, Zen grasp Seung Sahn, stopover at his web site at www.kwanumzen.com.
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