Rinzai Zen Koan Practice: Stages and Terminology

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Rinzai Zen Koan Practice: Stages and Terminology

Post by Meido » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:41 pm

The excellent introduction to Victor Sogen Hori's book Zen Sand had been made available online as a free download (pdf) by the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture.

Zen Sand is Hori's translation of a collection of jakugo (capping phrases) used in Rinzai training. Hori's introduction, however, contains a wealth of general information on koan practice. Chapter 2 of this is particularly useful to anyone wanting to understand how koan are used in Rinzai Zen: "In this chapter, we will consider the stages involved in kõan practice as well as some of the technical terminology that accompanies it. The aim is to present a general picture of the overall training career of full-time practitioners engaged in the kõan curriculum."

http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications ... ion%29.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
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Re: Rinzai Zen Koan Practice: Stages and Terminology

Post by Sara H » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:01 am

Thank you for the useful reference. *smiles*

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We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer

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