By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu
One of the very important elements of conventional Rinzai Zen koan learn in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase workouts. whilst Zen scholars have attained adequate mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the widely used “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to review. while the scholar offers a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to decide upon a “capping phrase,” frequently a passage from a poem one of the millions in a different anthology, the single publication allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written fullyyt in chinese language, used to be translated by way of famous Zen priest and student Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen woodland: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital is a eastern assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in glowing English models that keep the Zen implications of the verse.
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