- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1479146811
- ISBN-13: 978-1479146819
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Junpo Roku: The Dharma of Junpo Denis Kelly Paperback – October 5, 2012
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"A Heart Blown Open" told the indisputably fascinating story of JK's life but was burdened with hagiographical and ridiculously florid verbiage; "The Heart of Zen" featured transcripts of interviews with JunPo which seemed to be pretty much unedited: cluttered with tangential asides, banal chatter, cutesy in-jokes, and other clubby-ish flotsam.
Friedman does something that tragically has never been done before: she DISTILLS rather than merely transcribing. Because while Junpo Kelly in person is an energetic and charismatic force of nature, verbally he tends to ramble quite a bit, especially whenever attempting to delve into more theoretical, philosophically and intellectually complex or subtle teachings. Though far from unintelligent, his lack of formal education (he was a high school dropout) is evident in his diction which is seldom concise, direct or graceful...he compensates easily for this by his strong presence in person, but in print it can be a rough slog. Friedman clearly does know how to prune all the rhetorical undergrowth, and the result is eminently readable and enjoyable.
Of course it would be ludicrous to compare JK to the likes of Hakuin or Dogen, but he does have a remarkable gift in conveying the rigor and energy of Rinzai Zen fused with a hefty dose of Western cognitive psychology and, unfortunately, a certain amount of self-improvement/psychotherapeutic-type rhetoric and salesmanship---the last being in a much smaller quantity compared to the two aforementioned books.
Favorite quote from the book
"Student: What's the name of the big bell?
Master: The big bell"
P.S. My first introduction to Jun Po was when I read Keith Martin-Smith's "A Heart Blown Open". That's my plug for Keith's book. He didn't ask for an advertisement, but I'm putting one here because it's that good and you really should read it. Like now. Go order it. His other book, "The Heart of Zen" is good too.
It reads like a transcript of sitting around the zendo, with Jun Po on a cushion in the middle, felt mallet in one hand, Mondo zen student in a semi-circle around him. Maybe the words on a page lack something of Jun Po's passionate emphasis and winking humor, I don't know. I feel it when I read, and re-read, this little text.
There was a day when the Treasury of the Great Dharma Eye was just this collection of lecture notes by a wandering priest who liked to hang out with cooks....
Junpo was stunning! Hearing the evolution of how he came to bring the ancient koans to the 21st century was so fascinating. He's a wonderful teacher and I'm so happy to have sat with him (and the others). I say...Thank You and a Deep Bow with love and peace to Junpo and his Mondo Zen. True Happiness of the Source...lynnann
It's all here in this excellent offering that is free of zen gloss. Read it and do the work. Get underneath your own gloss and leave it behind.
tome will clearly give you a deep glimpse into the Rinzai Zen tradition as skillfully and insightfully adapted to these
post-modern times by Roshi Junpo Denis Kelly. . .three formal bows.
The second best thing to being there is reading this book!