In this Book

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Zen Sand is a classic collection of verses aimed at aiding practitioners of kôan meditation to negotiate the difficult relationship between insight and language. As such it represents a major contribution to both Western Zen practice and English-language Zen scholarship. In Japan the traditional Rinzai Zen kôan curriculum includes the use of jakugo, or "capping phrases." Once a monk has successfully replied to a kôan, the Zen master orders the search for a classical verse to express the monk’s insight into the kôan. Special collections of these jakugo were compiled as handbooks to aid in that search. Until now, Zen students in the West, lacking this important resource, have been severely limited in carrying out this practice. Zen Sand combines and translates two standard jakugo handbooks and opens the way for incorporating this important tradition fully into Western Zen practice. For the scholar, Zen Sand provides a detailed description of the jakugo practice and its place in the overall kôan curriculum, as well as a brief history of the Zen phrase book. This volume also contributes to the understanding of East Asian culture in a broader sense.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Capping-Phrase Practice in Japanese Rinzai Zen
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. 1. The Nature of the Rinzai Kōan Practice
  2. pp. 5-15
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  1. 2. The Steps of Kōan Practice
  2. pp. 16-29
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  1. 3. Literary Study in Kōan Practice
  2. pp. 30-40
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  1. 4. The Kōan and the Chinese Literary Game
  2. pp. 41-62
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  1. 5. The History of Zen Phrase Books
  2. pp. 62-90
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  1. 6. Guide to Conventions and Abbreviations
  2. pp. 91-98
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  1. Phrases
  2. pp. 99-100
  1. Four-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 101-178
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  1. Five-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 179-224
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  1. Six-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 225-257
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  1. Seven-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 258-327
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  1. Eight-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 313-364
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  1. Nine-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. Ten-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 369-454
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  1. Eleven-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 455-457
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  1. Twelve-Character Verses
  2. pp. 458-481
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  1. Thirteen-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 482-483
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  1. Fourteen-Character Verses
  2. pp. 484-596
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  1. Fifteen-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 597-598
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  1. Sixteen-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 599-609
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  1. Seventeen-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 610-612
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  1. Eighteen-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 613-615
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  1. Nineteen-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 616-617
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  1. Twenty-Character Phrases
  2. pp. 618-621
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  1. Twenty-One-and-More Character Phrases
  2. pp. 622-636
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 637-730
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 731-748
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 749-764
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824865672
Print ISBN
9780824822842
MARC Record
OCLC
777467036
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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