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Zen Sand:The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice
Author Hori, Victor Sogen
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Content type書籍=Book
1.Series Title:Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture
2.Original Language:Japanese; Chinese
Keyword公案=Koan; 禪宗=Zen Buddhism=Zazen Buddhism; 日本佛教=Japanese Buddhism;
AbstractZen monk Hori 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.

The book is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of koan Meditation in negotiating 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 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 Ltd. 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.
This impressive compendium of texts central to Zen practice offers a wealth of information not only to students of Zen or Buddhism in general,but to anyone interested in the history and culture of East Asia.
Created date2003.12.31

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