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Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans
Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans Richard Shrobe 1930485255 9781930485259 Zen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples at the moment of enlightenment or near-enlightenment. These stories have long
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Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans by Richard Shrobe

Zen koans are stories of exchanges between Zen masters and their disciples at the moment of enlightenment or near-enlightenment. These stories have long fascinated Western readers because of their wisdom, humor, and enigmatic quality. Drawing on over 30 years of practice and teaching, Richard Shrobe (himself a recognized Zen Master) has selected 22 cases fromThe Blue Cliff RecordandWu-men-kuanthat he finds deeply meaningful and helpful for meditation practice. InElegant Failure,he provides a wealth of background information and personal anecdotes for each koan that help to illuminate its meaning without detracting from its paradoxical nature. As Shrobe reminds us, The main core of Zen teaching is the bare bones of what is there. In a certain sense, embellishing a story takes away from the central teaching: Dont embellish anything, just be with it as it is.

Author: Richard Shrobe

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Rodmell Press

Publication Date: 2010-05-25

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ISBN: 1930485255


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