Cover of The Blue Cliff Record
ISBN: 
0-962561-88-6
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
248
Publish Date: 
1998
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
J. Cleary
PDF Download

Overview

This classic Chan/Zen text, The Blue Cliff Record, consists of 100 selected koans with commentary. The work is seen as a model text for practicing in the Rinzai (Linji) school. Complete in one volume.

Fundamental koan guide
Format: 
Hardcover
10 x 7 x 1
$45.00
+ shipping

About

Taishō 2003

Volume 48

The Blue Cliff Record

The Blue Cliff Record, also referred to as The Blue Cliff Collection, consists of 100 gongan (Jp. kōan) selected by Zhong-xian from the 1700 gongan of The Transmission of the Lamp (Taishō No. 2076). Zhongxian has added explanatory verses to each of the gongan, and later the comments of Keqin were appended. In the Linji (Jp. Rinzai) School this work is held in extremely high regard as a model text for instruction in the practice of Chan/Zen.

Source
Ch. Foguo Yuan wu chanshi biyan lu (佛果圜悟禪師碧巖録), compiled by Zhong-xian, commentary by Keqin. 1 fascicle.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka     NUMATA Yehan   v
Editorial Foreword     MAYEDA Sengaku     vii
Publisher’s Foreword Kenneth Inada    ix


The Blue Cliff Record

Translator's Introduction     Thomas Cleary    1
Preface by Puzhao      5
Preface by Fanghui Wanli    6
Preface by Yucen Xiuxiu   6
Preface by Sanjiao Laoren     8
1.  The Emperor Wu Questions Bodhidharma   11
2.  The Ultimate Way Is without Difficulty   19
3.  Master Ma Is Unwell   25
4.  Deshan Carrying His Bundle   28
5.  Xuefeng’s Grain of Rice    36
6.  Every Day Is a Good Day    40
7.  Huichao Asks about the Buddha   47      
8.  Cuiyan’s Eyebrows   53
9.  Zhaozhou’s Four Gates   58        
10. The Phony    63
    Notice on Overcoming Demons    67
11. Gobblers of Dregs               69
12. Three Pounds of Flax   76          
13. The School of Kāṇadeva   82
14. An Appropriate Statement           86
15. An Upside-Down Statement        89
16. The Man in the Weeds     94
17. The Living Meaning of Chan       99
18. The Seamless Monument 103
19. One Finger Chan  109
20. The Living Meaning of Chan       114
21. Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves         122
22. The Turtle-Nosed Snake  126
23. The Summit of the Peak of Wonder        134
24. Guishan and Iron Grindstone Liu 138
25. The Hermit’s Staff           142
26. Sitting Alone on the Mountain    148
27. The Body Exposed in the Autumn Wind 151
28. The Truth That’s Never Been Spoken     155
29. It Goes Along With It       159
31. Magu Carrying His Ringed Staff 165
32. Elder Ding Stands Motionless     171
33. Zifu’s Circle         174
34. Where Do You Come From?       178
35. The Dialogue of Ma
ñjuśrī and Wuzhuo  182
36. Roaming in the Mountains           186
37. There’s Nothing in the World      190
38. The Workings of the Iron Ox       193
39. The Flowering Hedge       201
40. Like a Dream        204
41. One Who Has Died the Great Death        208
42. Good Snowflakes 211
43. No Cold or Heat   215
44. Knowing How to Beat the Drum  219
45. Zhaozhou’s Shirt  224
46. The Sound of Raindrops   228
47. Six Do Not Take It In       231
48. Overturning the Tea Kettle          235
49. The Golden Fish That Has Passed through the Net         239
50. Every Atom Sāmadhi       243
51. What Is It?            246
52. The Stone Bridge  252
53. Wild Ducks           255
54. Yunmen Extends Both Hands      259
55. Daowu’s Condolence Call            262
56. One Arrow Smashes Three Barriers        267
57. The Stupid Oaf     272
58. Zhaozhou Can’t Explain  275
59. Why Not Quote It Fully?  277
60. The Staff Changes into a Dragon 280
61. One Atom 284
62. Within There Is a Jewel   288
63. Nanquan Kills a Cat         292
64. Nanquan Questions Zhaozhou     294
65. An Outsider Questions the Buddha          297
66. Getting Huangchao’s Sword        302
67. Great Adept Fu Expounds a Scripture     306
68. What’s Your Name?          310
69. Nanquan’s Circle 314
70. Guishan Attends Baizhang           317
71. You Shut Up Too  320
72. Baizhang Questions Yunyan        322
73. The Permutations of Assertion and Denial          324
74. Jinniu’s Rice Pail 329
75. Wujiu’s Unjust Beating   332
76. Have You Eaten?  337
77. Yunmen’s Cake    342
78. Sixteen Bodhisattvas Bathe    345
79. All Sounds     348
80. A Newborn Baby  352
81. Shooting the Elk of Elks  357
82. The Stable Body of Reality    362
83. The Ancient Buddhas and the Pillars    366
84. Vimalak
īrti’s Door of Nonduality   369
85. A Tiger’s Roar      374
86. The Kitchen Pantry and the Main Gate   379
87. Medicine and Disease Subdue Each Other     382
88. Three Invalids       386
89. The Hands and Eyes of Great Compassion     391
90. The Body of Wisdom       397
91. Yanguan’s Rhinoceros     401
92. The Buddha Ascends the Seat      405
93. Daguang Does a Dance    408
94. Not Seeing    410
95. Three Poisons     414
96. Three Turning Words      418
97. The Diamond Sutra’s Scornful Revilement        424
98. Tianping’s Travels           430
99. The Ten Body Controller 436
100. Baling’s Sword   442


Index   447
A List of the Volumes of the BDK Tripiṭaka (First Series)

Background