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Unborn: The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei, 1622-1693 (book review) Bankei Yotaku

180614: beautiful, concise, this work shows the practice of zen. there are no koans, no zazen, no sutras, no wisdom of patriarchs. there are no sticks, no discrimination by sex, by morals, by history of acts, there is only unborn/undying, only direct pointing to the Buddha-mind with which we are all born. there is truth of being unborn-undying. this is very zen, certainly shows the influence of daoism, of vernacular, of skillful means, of how something 220 years old is still worth reading. not the best first place to read on Buddhism, as with zen, there is much unsaid, much local, much historical and cultural, most westerners do not live. i know a bit of Buddhism, have read a few primary and secondary texts, but i do not claim enlightenment...

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