Zen Buddhism

Dhammapada

After killing mother (desire), father ("I am" conceit) and two warrior kings, and destroying the kingdom along with its subjects, the brahmin goes on his way unperturbed. After killing mother, father and two priestly kings, and killed a tiger as his fifth victim, the brahmin goes on his way unperturbed.

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 ...