Zen Buddhism

Dhammapada

What use is your matted hair, you fool? What use is your antelope skin? You are tangled inside, and you are just making the outside pretty.

Monks behaving badly

Shouting, burning books, cutting off fingers, falling off a 10' pole, no doubt about it, these are the punk rockers of Buddhism.

Koans are a part of formal training in Zen Buddhism and although several collections have been published it it critical to understand:

Koan can be translated a public record or public case and on the surface Koans read very much like fables or short stories.

There are several collections of Koans and a partial listing includes:

  • The Shaseki-shu (Collection of Stone and Sand)
  • The Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate)
  • The Shoyo Roku (The Book of Serenity)
  • The Hekiganroku (Records of Blue Rock Temple or Blue Cliff Record>)
  • Exploring Koans

    Although some Koans may seem easier to understand then others, reading a Koan is akin to hitting a brick wall. How to pass through the 'Gateless gate'?

    First, some Koans are a bit easier then others and if you are new to Koans I highly suggest you start with the Collection of Stone and Sand.

    To be continued ...