- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 25, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415284651
- ISBN-13: 978-0415284653
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Samurai Zen: The Warrior Koans 2nd Edition
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I suggest before attempting this, be sure to read John Steven's, "The Sword of No-Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu". Tesshu was known to pull Koans out on the spot, and to spend long periods working on Koans offered to him by various monks. Aside from being an amazing book, it may help people new to Koans to put them in context.
Two laps through this is hardly enough. In fact, this is not a fast read, you really need to take your time, literally 1-Koan at a time and work through them. Be prepared for a major undertaking. If you're game, I highly recommend it. Here's one of my favorites:
(1) Using the divine powers of the Way, manifest the snake body and the woman form.
(2) How is it when you meet the dragon?
(3) Show the scales before my eyes.
If you're totally baffled, don't worry. Fortunately the book helps put the Koans in context, for whatever that's worth. Good luck.....and enjoy!
What I like with this book is that it does not promise a quick fix. It clearly states that it takes time and dedication. Long time and serious dedication. I am not through it yet. I can also see that the very process of going through the book and understanding the koans will create a certain peace of mind.