Cover

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Front Matter

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. IX-XIV

As with so many of the acquaintances who brighten one’s life, I encountered Zen Master Tòsui Unkei (d. 1683) quite by accident— much as did the nameless beggars, day laborers, and assorted townsfolk who chance upon him in the pages of his colorful biography, the...

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Acknowledgments

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p. XV

My labors on the present book were considerably lightened by the assistance and encouragement of a number of individuals and organizations. I am especially grateful to Professor Ryuichi Abe of Columbia University’s Department of Religion, who freely gave of his time, wisdom...

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Introduction: Japanese Zen in the Age of T

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pp. 1-40

Although the Zen schools in Japan tend to emphasize their medieval1 origins, Japanese Zen as we know it today, which is to say the modern S

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About the Translation

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pp. 41-42

Tribute to the Life of Master T

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Tribute to the Life of Zen Master T

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pp. 43-93

The Master’s formal name was Unkei, his common name Tòsui.1 He was a native of the castle town of Yanagawa2 in Chikugo Province, the child of a merchant family. His family belonged to the Pure Land sect.3 His father and mother were both devout believers, taking care to...

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Biographical Addendum:Tòsui’s Story

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pp. 95-119

From what we learn of him in the Tribute,T

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Appendix: Biography of Master T

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pp. 121-123

The Master’s formal name was Unkei, his common name Tòsui.1 His birthplace is not definitely known. He entered the monastery as a child. By nature he was sharp-witted, but outwardly he seemed stupid. When he was mature, he resolved to find a teacher under whom he...

Notes to Text, Notes to Poems

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pp. 125-154

Bibliography

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pp. 155-159

Index

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pp. 161-166

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About the Translator

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p. 167

Peter Haskel received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He is the author of Bankei Zen (Grove, 1985), co-author with Ryuichi Abe of Great Fool: Zen Master Ryòkan (University of Hawai‘i Press, 1996), and co-editor of the forthcoming...