By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

One of the very important features of conventional Rinzai Zen koan learn in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase routines. whilst Zen scholars have attained enough mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the widespread “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to check. whilst the coed offers a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to decide upon a “capping phrase,” often a passage from a poem one of the millions in a distinct anthology, the single e-book allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written totally in chinese language, used to be translated through famous Zen priest and pupil Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen woodland: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital 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 preserve the Zen implications of the verse.

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