Book of Equanimity

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Book of Equanimity or Book of Serenity (Japanese: Shōyōroku) is a collection of 100 koans compiled in the early 12th century by the Chinese Chán master Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157).[1][2][3]

Along with The Gateless Gate, the Book of Equanimity is considered one of the two primary compilations of Zen dialogue.[4] Shohaku Okumura has called the collection "a classic text that is still studied by Zen students today."[5] Reb Anderson has called it "an auspicious peak in the mountain range of Zen literature, a subtle flowing stream in the deep valleys of our teaching, a treasure house of inspiration and guidance in studying the ocean of Buddhist teachings."[6] Gerry Shishin Wick, who published a translation of Book of Equanimity in 2005, says "although it was collected by a master in the Soto lineage, The Book of Equanimity, they are treated as Koans in the Rinzai, some Rinzai schools, and the Soto school studied them, but more as liturgy, rather than as Koans."[7]

Kōans included in Book of Equanimity[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Barbara. "Introduction to Koans". About.com. 
  2. ^ Wick, Gerry Shishin. The Book Of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans. Wisdom Publications. p. 2. ISBN 9780861713875. 
  3. ^ Leighton, Taigen Dan. Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi. Tuttle Publishing. p. 5. ISBN 9780804832403. 
  4. ^ Hamill, Sam. "Reviews: Book of Serenity / The Gateless Barrier". Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. 
  5. ^ Okumura, Shohaku. Realizing Genjokoan. Wisdom Publications. p. 158. ISBN 9780861716012. 
  6. ^ "Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues". Shambhala Publications. 
  7. ^ "BG 109: Koan Training and the Different Styles of Zen". Buddhist Geeks. 

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