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By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

One of the very important facets of conventional Rinzai Zen koan research in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase routines. whilst Zen scholars have attained adequate mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the widespread “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 opt for a “capping phrase,” frequently a passage from a poem one of the hundreds of thousands in a distinct anthology, the single ebook allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written fullyyt in chinese language, was once translated through famous Zen priest and student Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen woodland: Sayings of the Masters. Equally very important 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 continue the Zen implications of the verse.

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