By Seung Sahn

ISBN-10: 1590304179

ISBN-13: 9781590304174

Zen is legendary for koans (called kong-ans in Korean, and during this book), these weird and wonderful and possible unanswerable questions Zen masters pose to their scholars to ascertain their recognition (such as “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”). worry of koans retains a few humans from ever giving Zen perform a test. yet right here, during the event of seeing a contemporary Zen grasp paintings along with his scholars, you will see that what koan education is de facto like: It’s a skillful, vigorous perform for reaching wisdom.

This booklet provides the process of ten koans that Zen grasp Seung Sahn got here to name the “Ten Gates.” those koans signify the fundamental forms one will stumble upon in any process research. all the ten gates, or koans, is illuminated by means of genuine interchanges among Zen grasp Seung Sahn and his scholars that express what the perform is all approximately: it's specially a technique of coming to belief one’s personal knowledge, and of manifesting that knowledge in each koan-like state of affairs existence provides us with.

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1. The BuddhaÕs traditional and supreme Tooth
Ð John Buescher
2. Ask a Farmer: final research and Conventional
Existence in Tsong kha pa's Lam rim chen mo
Ð man Newland
3. portray the objective: at the identity of the
Object of Negation (dgag bya) Ð Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
4. slicing the Roots of advantage: Tsong kha pa on the
Results of Anger Ð Daniel Cozort
5. Ethics because the foundation of a Tantric culture: Tsong kha pa
and the Founding of the dGe lugs Order in Tibet
Ð Elizabeth Napper
6. Bon rDzogs chen on Authenticity (pramÝna, tshad ma):
Prose and Poetry at the direction Ð Anne Carolyn Klein
7. The dGe ldanÐbKaÕ brgyud culture of MahÝmudrÝ:
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Meaning of ÒFoundational ConsciousnessÓ
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10. Authorship and Literary creation in
Classical Buddhist Tibet Ð JosŽ Ignacio Cabez—n
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Laclau would explain it as an “exclusionary limit,” a basis for articulating both equivalence and difference. This theology establishes a logic of equivalence: the proponents of a good and powerful theos who stay within the 17 A BENIGN INTRODUCTION bounds of Voltaire’s definition, whether ancients or moderns, whether residents of Peking or Cayenne, all are equal as theists. ”77 The empty signifier, theist, takes on social force only to the extent that nominal Muslims, Christians, and Hindus willingly compromise their individuating dogmas in favor of a single shared belief.

Obviously it is not, given the diversity of national Buddhisms. But BR elsewhere clearly describes Buddhism as the sort of thing that can change in form without changing substance; that can move from India to China; that can be greatly influenced by Confucianism and Daoism, but not be transformed thereby into something other than Buddhism. Is this stability attributable to factors outside of Buddhism, or internal to it? Will Buddhism exist for only as long as people subsume religion under the intellectual practices of comparative sociology and secular history?

Were there no totality, no game of chess, then it would be meaningless to identify this or that piece of plastic as a chessman. Were there no totality, no language, then the identification of this or that sound as an English 16 A BENIGN INTRODUCTION word (for instance) would be absurd. Second, the rules and conventions that create a systemic totality also limit arbitrariness. Although any object can serve as a rook, rookitude itself is precise because chess’ rules are precise. The rookpiece cannot move any which way.

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