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By Robert Aitken,Soiku Shigematsu

One of the very important elements of conventional Rinzai Zen koan examine in Japan is jakugo, or capping-phrase routines. whilst Zen scholars have attained enough mastery of meditation or focus, they're given a koan (such because the typical “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”) to review. whilst the coed presents a passable reaction to the koan, he advances to the jakugo exercise–he needs to decide on a “capping phrase,” often a passage from a poem one of the millions in a unique anthology, the one publication allowed within the monastery.
One such anthology, written fullyyt in chinese language, used to be translated by way of famous Zen priest and student Soiku Shigematsu as A Zen woodland: Sayings of the Masters. Equally vital is a jap assortment, the Zenrin Segoshu, which Mr. Shigematsu now interprets from the japanese, together with approximately 8 hundred poems in gleaming English types that maintain the Zen implications of the verse.

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