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By Thomas Yuho Kirchner,Nelson Foster,Ueda Shizuteru

Entangling Vines, a translation of the Shumon kattoshu, is likely one of the few significant koan texts to were compiled in Japan instead of China. certainly, Kajitani Sonin (1914 - 95), former leader abbot of Shokoku-ji and writer of an annotated, modern-Japanese translation of the Kattoshu, commented that 'herein are compiled the elemental Dharma fabrics of the koan system." many of the vital koans of the modern Rinzai koan curriculum are contained during this work.

A virtue of Entangling Vines is that, not like The Gateless Gate and Blue Cliff Record, it provides the koans "bare," with out introductions, commentaries, or verses. Its basic constitution lends the koans extra strength and immediacy, emphasizing the good topic, the basic aspect to be interrogated, and supplying plentiful fabric for the trials of analyzing and refining Zen experience.

Containing 272 circumstances and wide observe fabric, the gathering is critical for critical koan education and also will be of curiosity for an individual interested in Zen literature. the current translation had its origins within the discussions among 3 forward-looking sleek jap Zen masters and Thomas Kirchner, an skilled Zen monk from the US. And Kirchner's cautious annotation of every koan makes this an excellent advent to Buddhist philosophy.

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