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Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui Paperback – December 9, 1997
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"Bassui was one of Japanese Zen's most original, dynamic and accessible teachers. Braverman has given us a sparkling translation that fully captures Bassui's unique vigor and insight and throws new light on an often neglected period of Zen's history" (Peter Haskel, author of Bankei Zen)
"How wonderful! Not only the words of Zen Master Bassui, but also his marrow. Wherever you go in this precious book you will find your life." (Joan Halifax Roshi, Head Teacher, Upaya Zen Center)
"Bassui's standard of enlightenment is awe inspiring! For over 30 years of our own practice Bassui's talks have inspired us. No matter how often we read him, his teaching is always fresh and alive. No matter how far into the bottomless well of wisdom we go, Bassui is there coaxing us deeper." (Zen teachers Chozen and Hogen Bays, co-abbots of Great Vow Zen Monastery)
"Step in anywhere and you sink deeper and deeper through the rich mud. Thank you, Arthur Braverman, for introducing us so graciously." (Robert Aitken)
"This work fully displays the engaging teaching style of Bassui, an important medieval Japanese master. With his independent spirit and dedication to Buddha nature, Bassui managed to bridge and include several prominent strands of Zen and Japanese Buddhism. His teachings demonstrate persistent study of true self, right in the mud of phenomena. He drinks the water of diverse Dharma teachings, helpfully elucidating their metaphors for us." (Taigen Dan Leighton, author of Bodhisattva Archtypes and translator, Cultivating the Empty Field)
About the Author
Arthur Braverman has lived in Tokyo and in Kyoto, where he studied Zen at Antaiji Temple. He is the author of A Still Quiet Road as well as a translator of Buddhist texts. He lives in Ojiai, California, where he teaches at the Oak Grove School of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America.
The fourteenth-century Zen master Bassui was recognized as one of the most important Zen teachers of his time. Accessible and eloquent, his teachings cut to the heart of the great matter of Zen, pointing directly to the importance of seeing our own original nature and recognizing it as Buddhahood itself. Bassui takes familiar concepts in Buddhism and recasting them in an essential Zen light.
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If, on the other hand, you happened upon Bassui after having read all those other hundreds of Buddhist works, then I think you just might find your self thinking "why didn't I start with Bassui from the very beginning?" If you had an original samadhi, so many years ago, and now your life is one of searching to re-experience that original "seeing", study Bassui. Especially "Letters to His Disciples". He is nuts-and-bolts Buddhism but without the labeling and the window dressing. Better yet, if it's possible, practice to realize your True Nature first, then bring in Bassui.
May all living beings be happy!