Record of Pointing at the Moon

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Record of Pointing at the Moon

Postby Matticus » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:45 am

Master Nan Huai-chin mentions this book quit often as being a valuable recource for studying Enlightenment stories. He mentions quit a lot of interesting exerpts from the book in "Working Towards Enlightenment, but I don't think there is an English translation available for the whole text. Does anyone know anything about this book, or any efforts to have it translated? I don't even know where to find the darn thing in it's original Chinese.

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Re: Record of Pointing at the Moon

Postby greentreee » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:04 pm


I probably went looking for them once, and didn't have any luck. There may be store in taiwan or hong kong though, that have chinese versions. I have spent some time over the last 15 years trying to collect english translations of the book Master Nan mentions in Working Towards Enlightenment, as well as, his other books. I have a acquired some, but many do not exist in english yet and some i will guess will take a very long time to translate.

On a Zen note, Master Nan's Diamond Sutra Explained is well done ... 0971656126.

So is The Story of Chinese Zen. i'm on dial up so, sorry i didn't supply the link for it as well.

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Re: Record of Pointing at the Moon

Postby Matticus » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:08 am

SO! I may have found something? This seems to be the book were looking for.. I bought it on my Kindle and it's filled with Chan Stories, like the one Master Nan references. I haven't found any that he's mentioned inside Working Towards Enlightenment yet though. It's still a fun read. Here is the link. ... oon+kindle EDIT: There is a link to used paperback versions on this page as well, super cheap!

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