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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39450

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

    Hi All,

    I would like to announce our next book selection for the Treeleaf "Beyond Words & Letters" Book Club (to follow our current reading, the wonderful 'Zen Seeds') ...

    The Book of Equanimity, Illuminating Classic Zen Koans, commentary by Gerry Shishin Wick.

    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Equanimity-I ... 0861713877

    http://www.wisdompubs.org/pages/display ... n=&image=1

    The Book of Equanimity (???, in Japanese the Sh?y?roku, sometimes called the Book of Serenity in English), is a collection of Koans gathered by the great exponent of Silent Illumination Chan Hongzhi Zhengjue (Wanshi Sh?gaku, 1091–1157), and is much prized in the Soto flavor of Zen. Shishin Wick is the current head of the White Plum Lineage, which usually mixes Kan'na (Koan Instrospection) Zen and Shikantaza ways, but in this case, he approaches each Koan with a gentle-not so gentle 'piercing in and out through the sacred core' Soto style. Shishin brings each Koan into living Practice and practical life, very much grounded in this day-to-day world, worlded in the Timeless Ground. Lovely.

    There are other translations available, by Thomas Cleary and others. However, even if you have one of those already, I ask you to find the edition by Rev. Wick, as the life-filled commentaries by him will be at the heart of our reflections.

    The Book of Equanimity is as central to koan practice in the Soto Zen tradition as the better-known 'Blue Cliff Record' is in the Rinzai tradition. ... At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Shishin Wick gave a series of talks on each of the hundred cases to Zen students in Colorado, and now with this new publication he offers his commentary and translation to a wider audience. Shishin Wick was trained as a physicist and oceanographer, and his scientific background comes through in his rigorous examination of each case. His poetic sensibility is also evident in the book, such as in his commentary on 'Joshu's Dog,' which describes the noble futility of the bodhisattva vow, by using the image of someone attempting to fill up a well with snow. He draws upon examples ranging from the scholarly (comparisons with other koan collections) to the everyday (a friend's paralyzed dachshund) to show the importance of The Book of Equanimity in the Zen tradition and its relevance to the lives of his students and readers.
    Public opinion often holds that Koans are not much cherished and Practiced in the Soto Way. That is not the case (little pun there). The way of handling and opening the Koans is a bit different in the Soto Way and the Ka'na Zazen of the Rinzai way (same, but different ... different, but just the same), something we will have a chance to experience in moving through-and-through these cherished "classic" Koans.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Yugen

    #2
    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

    I've had the book for a bit in anticipation of the Book Club endeavor. Looking forward to the discussion....

    Gassho,
    Yugen

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    • Myozan Kodo
      Friend of Treeleaf
      • May 2010
      • 1901

      #3
      Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

      It's in the Kindle Store (Yes, my Christmas present from my wife :-)) for 9.99 US Dollars.
      Gassho
      Soen

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      • Dosho
        Member
        • Jun 2008
        • 5784

        #4
        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

        Will be ordering soon!

        Gassho,
        Dosho

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        • Shokai
          Treeleaf Priest
          • Mar 2009
          • 6391

          #5
          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

          Order's placed, looking forward to it.
          合掌,生開
          gassho, Shokai

          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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          • Dokan
            Friend of Treeleaf
            • Dec 2010
            • 1222

            #6
            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

            Got it on Kindle, thanks for the tip Soen!

            Gassho,

            Dokan
            We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
            ~Anaïs Nin

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            • SoR
              Member
              • Dec 2011
              • 103

              #7
              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

              I'm new here. when does the book club start?

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              • Kyonin
                Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
                • Oct 2010
                • 6742

                #8
                Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

                Looking forward to join the club! I'll get it for Kindle!
                Hondō Kyōnin
                奔道 協忍

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                • Dokan
                  Friend of Treeleaf
                  • Dec 2010
                  • 1222

                  #9
                  Re: Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanim

                  Originally posted by SonofRage
                  I'm new here. when does the book club start?
                  Should be no shorter than three weeks. Probably a bit more. We have three weeks left on Zen Seeds.

                  Fugen would know best however!

                  Gassho

                  Dokan

                  Sent from my I897 using Tapatalk
                  We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
                  ~Anaïs Nin

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                  • Jiken
                    Member
                    • Jan 2011
                    • 753

                    #10
                    Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

                    Im in too. Got it on kindle

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                    • Jundo
                      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                      • Apr 2006
                      • 39450

                      #11
                      Re: Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanim

                      Originally posted by Dokan
                      Originally posted by SonofRage
                      I'm new here. when does the book club start?
                      Should be no shorter than three weeks. Probably a bit more. We have three weeks left on Zen Seeds.

                      Fugen would know best however!

                      Gassho

                      Dokan

                      Sent from my I897 using Tapatalk
                      It may be a bit longer, as we will allow a few weeks of space and silence before starting the new book ... plus some time for folks to find a copy.

                      Gassho, Jundo
                      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                      • nealc
                        Member
                        • Dec 2010
                        • 39

                        #12
                        Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

                        I'd like to participate

                        Thanks
                        -Neal

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                        • SoR
                          Member
                          • Dec 2011
                          • 103

                          #13
                          Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

                          Cool. I am looking forward to participating and studying with you all.

                          -Sam

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                          • RichardH
                            Member
                            • Nov 2011
                            • 2800

                            #14
                            Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

                            I've ordered the book (3 day delivery, not bad) and am looking forward to participating.

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                            • michaeljc
                              Member
                              • May 2011
                              • 148

                              #15
                              Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Next Book Club Book! - Book of Equanimity

                              Yup - I am in. A bit less costly then a Uni text wasn't it ?
                              Not sure that I will be much of a Koan man though :idea:

                              m

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