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Book of Serenity

One Hundred Zen Dialogues
Book of Serenity

Author(s) : Cleary, Thomas
Publishers Price : 29.00
Wisdom Price : 21.75(save 25%)
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ISBN : 1590302494
EAN : 9781590302491
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 464
Size : 228 x 152mm
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
Published : 2005
Category : Chinese Buddhism
Category 2 : Zen: General
Synopsis:
New paperback edition. A companion volume to Cleary's well-respected translation of "The Blue Cliff Record" this book is the other, equally revered classic collection of koans, the Shoyo Roku. - paradoxical teaching devices which have been associated with Zen since the 10th century. Whatever its source, each koan points directly to the nature of ultimate reality.

Compiled in China in the twelth century, the Book of Serenity is, in the words of Tenshin Reb Anderson, "an auspicious peak in the mountain range of Zen literature, a subtle flowing stream in the deep valleys of our teaching, a treasure house of inspiration and guidance in studying the ocean of Buddhist teachings." Each of its one hundred chapters begins with an introduction, along with a main case, or koan, taken from Zen lore or Buddhist scripture. This is followed by commentary on the main case, verses inspired by it, and finally, further commentary on all of these. The book also contains a glossary of Zen/Chan terms and metaphors.

"Thomas Cleary has translated a medium-sized library of classic texts of Buddhism, Taoism and I Ching studies, and the Book of Serenity is a major contribution to his already staggering body of work." Sam Hamill.
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