Author(s): Thomas Yuho Kirchner
Previously published: Saga Tenryuji: Tenryu-ji Institute for Philosophy and Religion, 2004.
"A masterpiece. It will be our inspiration for 10,000 years."--Robert Aitken, author of "Taking the Path of Zen" and "The Gateless Barrier""A wonderful book, a book to take if you are planning to be shipwrecked on a desert island; it is the book I open every day, and teach from every day. It is surprising, lucid, scholarly, alive, unassuming, and it goes deep."--John Tarrant, author of" Bring Me the Rhinoceros and Other Koans That Will Save Your Life""This book summon us into a dynamic immediacy with life itself."--Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Abbot of the Zen Center of Los Angeles"An excellent translation of an important collection."--"Japanese Journal of Religious Studies""Anyone who plays in the fields of koan introspection will welcome this book."--Melissa Myozen Blacker, coeditor of" The Book of Mu""Working with these koans is a challenging and joyous enterprise."--Ross Bolleter, author of "Dongshan's Five Ranks"
Thomas Yuho Kirchner, a native of Connecticut who has resided in Japan since 1969, is an ordained Rinzai Zen monk and a graduate of Otani University in Kyoto with an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. After practicing for ten years in Japanese monasteries he worked on the editorial staff at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya. He presently serves as priest at the temple Rinsen-ji in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, and is a researcher at the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism at Hanazono University. Nelson Foster is a Dharma heir of Diamond Sangha founder Robert Aitken and succeeded him at its Honolulu temple. He now teaches mainly at Ring of Bone Zendo in the California foothills, making periodic visits to the East Rock Sangha in New England. Ueda Shizuteru, Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University, specializes in the philosophy of religion. His areas of interest include Christian mysticism, Buddhist thought, and Kyoto School philosophy. He is a longtime practitioner of Zen meditation.