101 Zen stories with parables, experiences of Zen, mind problems and wisdom
This book contains a colection of
compiled by Paul Reps from four books:
- 101 Zen Stones - These stories recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries.
- The Gateless Gate - It is a collection of problems, called koan that Zen teachers use in guiding their students toward release.
- 10 Bulls - It is a translation from the Chinese of a famous twelfth century commentary upon the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment.
- Centreing - A transcription of ancient Sanskrit manuscripts with ancient teaching, still alive in Kashmir and parts of India after more than four thousand years that may well be the roots of Zen.
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: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
- The book title is inspired from this story:
The first Zen patriarch Bodhidharma brought Zen to China from India in the sixth century. According to his biography recorded in the year 1004 by the Chinese teacher Dogen after nine years in China Bodhidharma wished to go home and gathered his disciples about him to test their apperception.
- In my opinion truth is beyond affirmation or negation, for this is the way it moves.
- You have my skin.
The nun Soji said:
- In my view, it is like Ananda’s sight of the Buddha-land – seen once and for ever.
- You have my flesh.
- The four elements of light, airiness, fluidity, and solidity are empty (i.e. inclusive) and the five skandas are No-things. In my opinion, No-thing (i.e. spirit) is reality.
- You have my bones
Finally Eka bowed before the master - and remained silent.
Bodhidharma said: - You have my marrow.
• Old Zen was so fresh it became treasured and remembered. Here are fragments of its skin flesh bones but not its marrow – never found in words.
The problem of our mind, relating conscious to preconscious awareness takes us deep into everyday living. Dare we open our doors to the source of am being? What are flesh and bones for?