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  • Seiryu
    Member
    • Sep 2010
    • 620

    Samrai Zen

    I have never heard of this collection of Koans before and I'm curious to know if anyone knows more about the background of this koan collection.

    Thanks


    http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Zen-Warri ... 001&sr=8-1
    Humbly,
    清竜 Seiryu
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39270

    #2
    Re: Samrai Zen

    Originally posted by Seiryu
    I have never heard of this collection of Koans before and I'm curious to know if anyone knows more about the background of this koan collection.

    Thanks


    http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Zen-Warri ... 001&sr=8-1
    Hi Seiryu,

    It is a Rinzai collection from the 13th century. At that time, Rinzai Zen was very close to the Shogun and Samurai, patronized by the warrior class. The collection's name thus comes from the original compilers selecting Koans they thought appropriate for their Samurai students and patrons, although I think the Koans are standards without any particular connection to the Samurai or martial arts alone. There are many many of these minor Koan collections, just as there are so many poetry or song collections. Basically, anyone could pick and choose their favorites, write them down ... and a new collection was born. The 1920's reprint on which this collection was based was from a time, of course, when militarism and "samurai" culture was being much revived in Japan.

    The translator, Trevor Leggett, is a martial artist who has published some good books on Rinzai flavored Zen. Most of the introduction to the book can be found here.

    http://books.google.co.jp/books?id=0vbE ... &q&f=false

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Onken
      Member
      • Jun 2011
      • 104

      #3
      Re: Samrai Zen

      Speaking of Rinzai schools....here are some pics i took while at Tenryuji in Kyoto. Enjoy!

      http://profile.imageshack.us/user/nycbudo/
      Gassho,
      Onken

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