"Jeff Shore brings forty years of training and teaching experience in meditative
practice and textual studies of Zen Buddhism to bear in his translations and
interpretations of three valuable classics about pathways to awakening. Shore's
commentaries on these works, combining profound knowledge of a thousand-
year old literary tradition with contemporary cultural allusions and fresh insights,
are consistently fascinating and illuminating, and in true Zen style, frequently
humorous and disarming. Several short essays, included here by those who have
trained under him, put in useful perspective just how intriguing and motivating
Shore's teaching style is."
-- Steven Heine, Professor and Director of Asian Studies, Florida International
University, renowned author, translator, and editor of works on Zen Buddhism
"A collection of old Zen stories far away from our own lives? Not at all! This
book points directly to the core of our own lives and being. To recognize this, it's
necessary to read it not just with mind but with heart. Then the words can turn
into real guidelines on the Way, on the Way to ﬁnd out what we really are. You may
have long been searching in theories, in books, to ﬁnd answers to your questions
-- but have you really come to the end of your quest?
No, this book won't offer pat answers or a quick "ﬁx" for personal problems. Answers
can only be found inside yourself. This requires courage, to let the words settle into
mind and body, and to let them unfold there. What happens then? Open the book
and ﬁnd out!"
-- Jeannette Stowasser, Munich, Germany
"Zen Buddhism cannot be learned from a book. Direct personal contact with a
genuine Zen teacher is at the heart of the tradition. After over 12 years of experience
with Jeff Shore, I can conﬁrm without doubt that he is such a teacher. If you do not
have the opportunity to join a retreat and have this personal encounter, the next
best thing you can do is to digest this book. And in full accord with the Buddha's
teaching, let me add: don't believe me -- see for yourself."
-- Stefan van Weers, Zutphen, Netherlands
"As a Zen practitioner, I am forever grateful to have encountered Jeff Shore along
the Way. As a member of Jeff's family through marriage for over thirty years, I
have had ample opportunities to observe him in innumerable situations. His
commitment -- to his own Path as well as tirelessly being there for others -- has
been unwavering. In this unique volume of translations and retreat lectures, Jeff
goes right to the heart of our search for spiritual freedom."
-- Tina Shore, Nurse Psychotherapist, Rockville, Maryland
"Jeff Shore is the first westerner to complete the Rinzai koan training in Japan under a Japanese Zen master. Fluent in both oral and written Japanese language, he speaks with both the authority of his own practice in Zen and of his long training in the Rinzai text tradition. In Zen Classics for the Modern World, he brings to bear the full force of his experience to show the way in Zen practice. In dharma talks that are both illuminating and practical, he explains the stumbling blocks, the frustration, the self-deception and the final fulfillment of Zen practice."
-- Victor Sogen Hori, Rinzai Zen monk, professor of Japanese religions, McGill University, Montreal, Author of Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice
"As a Rinzai Zen master and professor of Zen in the Modern World at Hanazono University in Kyoto, no one is more qualified than Jeff Shore to comment on these Zen Classics. Much of the translated materials are presented here for the first time in English. Aimed at the modern reader, the translations are deep, direct, and clear. Jeff does not stop at a scholarly analysis of old texts. No, he brings the texts to life and confronts us with our very own questions: 'Who am I? What am I doing here? How am I to live this life?' Do not look for answers in books, not even this book. Let this book help you cut to the heart of the question at hand, the question of your life here and now."
-- Muho Noelke, Abbot of Antaiji Sōtō Zen Temple, Hyogo, Japan
"The texts translated are classical, the translations are scholarly and yet elegant in the best sense. The commentaries, which provide the true core of this work, are fresh and lively. The poetry translations are bilingual, and the illustrations are treasures."
-- J. P. Seaton, a leading translator of Chinese poetry, author of Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih