Synopsis: Shambhala sale edition. The Mumonkan is the quintessential collection of 48 koans used in Zen training. For more than seven centuries the Mumonjkan has been used in Zen monasteries to train monks and to refine the religious experience of lay Buddhists. This lively translation includes insights and clarifications by the contemporary Japanese Zen master Zenkei Shibayama.
"Among the many translations and commentaries on the Gateless Barrier, this version is the best. It is clear and informative and provides the historical background to each koan. The unique commentaries make the koans vivid, relating them to appropriate poems of anecdotes in Zen history. Above all, each sentence expresses the penetrating insight of Shibayama Roshi." Eido Shimano Roshi.
"Shibayama Roshi's study of the Mumonkan appeared at the outset of my career more than 25 years ago. I do not exaggerate in saying that it changed my life. This new edition will change lives in a new generation. I am sure." Robert Aitken Roshi.
"I attended the original English language lectures that became the text for this book and remember well Shibayama Roshi's dignity and sparkle, and his amusement at the mighty efforts we Americans were making in our fledgling Zen practice. I can feel his Zen spirit shining strongly in these words, which ring as clear today as they did then. His teaching has even, somehow, managed to improve with the years!". Norman Fischer.