The BLUE CLIFF RECORD translated by Cleary is one of my top 100 favorites of all time.
If you expect every gong-an to make sense in terms of where you happen to be right now, then you are lost very quickly.
I first stumbled into this book many years ago, and have read it and scribbled margin notes uncountable times.
Right livelihood, Right Action, Right thoughts - this books seems to fit well in the eight fold path. Thank you to all who developed, translated, published, and who read the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kozen
I already had a copy of the same translation I bought about 30 years or more ago. At that time this translation was published in three volumes, and I could find only volume three. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David J Hicks
I've been working with this book for years, including a study group that's been meeting in one form or another since the late 90s, and cannot begin to capture in words how... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Zachary Smith
This book on Koan, along with "The Book of Serenity", is a fundamental necessity for anyone involved in the rigors of Rinzai Zen training. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mukunda777
This is the Zen classic which finally came out on e-book, plus the initial price was lowered. The cases here are a life time study even then you might not get it but then that is... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bill Hartman
The 碧巖錄 (BCR) is synonymous with 禪 Chan (Jap. Zen). 圜悟克勤 (Yuanwu Keqin) comments are extraordinary, not to mention 雪竇重顯 (Xuedou Zhongxian) who's responsible for the collection. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are a few spots where the old Chinese was translated in a kind of clunky fashion (case 2, etc), but it is still the standard by which all other translations are measured and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jonathan Joseph
I have been thinning out my library and have been reducing it from 120 boxes down to about 20 boxes of keepers. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by William Bagley