Gateways to awakening surround us at every moment of our lives. The whole purpose of kōan (gong’an, in Chinese) practice is to keep us from missing these. Our teaching makes our mind the principle and the gateless gate its very gate. this barrier shall meet with Joshu face to face and also see with the same eyes. The Gateless Barrier is generally acknowledged to be the fundamental koan collection in the literature of Zen. Gathered together by Wu-men (Mumon).

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barrieer The common theme of the koans of the Wumen Guan and of Wumen’s comments is the inquiry and introspection of dualistic conceptualization. The Gateless Gate – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Quite the opposite in fact. Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama. Retrieved from ” https: Aug 06, Lysergius rated it it was amazing Shelves: Email or Phone Password Barrrier account?


One should also note that, as the author of the collection was named Wumen which could mean either the literal gateless or the figurative gate of emptinessWumenguan could also be read as simply, the Checkpoint of Wumen. Aitken’s explanations and elucidations are so clear you almost think you understand Considering this is a purpose of going through zen training to begin with, that should come as no surprise.

Sep 29, Matthew Robinson rated it really liked it. The most well known version of the text is from the Japanese wood block edition barrisr from the manuscript edition that contains the following sections.

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I liked it better the further I read, and found certain teachers’ koans made more sense to me than others.


It contains forty- eight koansor spiritual riddles, that must be explored during the course of Zen training. James rated it really liked it Aug 15, Coloslab rated it really liked it Feb barrieer, Timothy Hansell rated it really liked it Oct 18, Dax rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Dec 30, Jonn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Converge Denver Community Organization.

The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan (Mumonkan)

Robert Aitken, one of the premier American Zen masters, has translated Wu-men’s text, supplementing gateelss original with his own commentary — the first such commentary by a Western master — making the profound truths of Zen Gatteless accessible to serious contemporary students and relevant to current social concerns.

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