Rinzai Zen Koan Practice: Stages and Terminology

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Rinzai Zen Koan Practice: Stages and Terminology

Postby Meido » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:41 pm

The excellent introduction to Victor Sogen Hori's book Zen Sand had been made available online as a free download (pdf) by the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture.

Zen Sand is Hori's translation of a collection of jakugo (capping phrases) used in Rinzai training. Hori's introduction, however, contains a wealth of general information on koan practice. Chapter 2 of this is particularly useful to anyone wanting to understand how koan are used in Rinzai Zen: "In this chapter, we will consider the stages involved in kõan practice as well as some of the technical terminology that accompanies it. The aim is to present a general picture of the overall training career of full-time practitioners engaged in the kõan curriculum."

http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications ... ion%29.pdf

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Nowadays there is much talk about the sublime and the profound, or conversely criticism of the Two Vehicles, belittling their authority. [Proponents of] the partial, the round, the exoteric and the esoteric schools contend with each other, yet they have not even accomplished the confirmation of the Two Vehicles, let alone that of the Bodhisattva Vehicle. And as for the One Buddha Vehicle, how could they conceive of it even in their dreams? What use to them are the partial, round, exoteric and esoteric teachings? - Torei


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Re: Rinzai Zen Koan Practice: Stages and Terminology

Postby Sara H » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:01 am

Thank you for the useful reference. *smiles*

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We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer

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