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Author: Hau Hōō; Yoel Hoffmann
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2016]
Series: New York Review Books classics.
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"When The Sound of One Hand Clapping came out in Japan in 1916 it caused a scandal. Zen was a secretive practice, its wisdom relayed from master to novice in strictest privacy. That a handbook existed recording not only the riddling koans that are central to Zen teaching but also detailing the answers to them seemed to mark Zen as rote, not revelatory. For all that, The Sound of One Hand Clapping opens the door to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Controversial literature
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hau Hōō.
Sound of the one hand.
New York : New York Review Books, [2016]
(DLC) 2016019582
(OCoLC)953636039
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hau Hōō; Yoel Hoffmann
ISBN: 9781681370224 1681370220 9781681370231 1681370239
OCLC Number: 1078687464
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 285 pages)
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: Gendai sōji Zen hyōron.
Responsibility: translated from the Japanese and with a commentary by Yoel Hoffmann ; introduction by Dror Burstein ; foreword by Zen Master Hirano Sōjo.

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"When The Sound of One Hand Clapping came out in Japan in 1916 it caused a scandal. Zen was a secretive practice, its wisdom relayed from master to novice in strictest privacy. That a handbook existed recording not only the riddling koans that are central to Zen teaching but also detailing the answers to them seemed to mark Zen as rote, not revelatory. For all that, The Sound of One Hand Clapping opens the door to Zen like no other book. Including koans that go back to the master who first brought the koanteaching method from Japan to China in the eighteenth century, this book offers, in the words of the translator, editor, and Zen initiate Yoel Hoffmann, "the clearest, most detailed, and most correct picture of Zen" that can be found. What we have here is an extraordinary introduction to Zen thought as lived thought, a treasury of problems, paradoxes, and performance that will appeal to artists, writers, and philosophers as well as Buddhists and students of religion"--

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