Compiled from various sources  see endnotes by Timothy Conway Initially enlightened at age 25, fully enlightened four years later, he left behind all sectarianism, formalism, elaborate methods e. Yet almost no rules were needed, and here and at his monasteries none of the traditional Zen beating or scolding was allowed, since Bankei trusted the natural goodness of our perfect Buddha-nature to prevail over our human nature. He usually had both monastics and laity training together under one roof, both male and female.
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Preview — Bankei Zen by Bankei Yotaku. Yoshito Hakeda Editor. Mary Farkas Foreword. The eccentric Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen was becoming overly formalized in Japan, he stressed its relevance to everyday life, insisting on the importance of naturalness and spontaneity.
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To ask other readers questions about Bankei Zen , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 13, Thelbert Dewain Belgard rated it it was amazing. This is one of two translations of the Record of Bankei that I know of. The record of this Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher is a collection of sayings from his dharma talks or sermons.
He lived and taught in the 17th Century, being born in the Jamestown settlement in North America was in to put him in Western historical perspective. Bankei was a renegade -- a teacher of the Rinzai tradition, but who transcended all labels. Peter Haskel's translation is superb.
Technically it is no differ This is one of two translations of the Record of Bankei that I know of. Technically it is no different than the other translation I own translated by Norman Waddell , but somehow in Haskel's translation I get a portrait of Bankei that seems clearer to me than in the other-- the spirit of Bankei seems to be more clearly re-presented.
He was far ahead of his time, seen especially in his concern for women's rights and in his efforts to make Zen accessible to working people such as farmers and housewives. The intelligentsia considered these folks to be too ignorant to understand the subtleties of their religion. Bankei clearly considered the intelligentsia to be too enamored of themselves to truly understand what they pretended to teach.
His concept of "abiding in the Buddha Mind" is one of the most powerful teaching devices I've encountered in Buddhist writings. I fell in love with this rascally, devout, often irreverent, and totally compassionate old teacher of Buddhism. He transcends Buddhism. Even though he is generally recognized as one of three greatest Japanese teachers -- the others being Dogen who died several centuries before Bankei was born and Hakuin who was born just before Bankei died , he is really a teacher of all humanity.
There are not enough stars to give this book. May 23, Ross Cohen rated it liked it. Somewhat of a broken record. Dig the Unborn, and you're set. Sep 29, Serdar rated it really liked it. Bankei was one of those who didn't waste time with flowery prose, as befitting a Zen teacher, and this translation of some key texts of his is framed in a fittingly conversational style.
I'll be tracking down more of his work where I can, as it's a good complement to the viewpoint found in the likes of "The Teachings Of Huang Po", a favorite of mine. Oct 05, Cameran rated it it was amazing. A great master speaks through years in a direct and contemporary way directly to our inner nature.
Highly recommended. Feb 19, Elisabeth rated it did not like it. Utter nonsense. This probably shouldn't be the first book you read about Buddhism, but it was my first encounter with anything Buddhist. I didn't read it with love or affection, so I am sure I missed all the wonder and nuance. It was the same old double talk and non answer that you get in many religions. At least he told people not to worry so much and trust themselves, that was probably revolutionary in itself.
Dec 02, Marian rated it it was amazing Shelves: chan-zen-buddhism. A truly refreshing book, revealing a buddhist practice of immediacy that speaks directly to your intuition. Just let the words point the Way, without reifying. Suddenly, you will feel refreshed! Stephen Simpson rated it it was ok Apr 13, Jeff Burns rated it really liked it May 16, Erik G. Juhana rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Manthano rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Main Family rated it really liked it Jan 02, Bill Gelbaugh rated it it was amazing Mar 22, Matt Barnes rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Andreas Nurbo rated it really liked it Oct 03, Buddhist Publishing rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Craig rated it really liked it Jan 16, Jarett Sabirsh rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Sasha1 rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Nora rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Roilunggu rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Andrew rated it liked it Mar 29, Chad Gayle rated it really liked it Sep 04, Wayne rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Josh Fatzick rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Daniel Souza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Sai Prasanna rated it it was amazing Oct 20, Mohit rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Matthew rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Readers also enjoyed.
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The eccentric Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen was becoming overly formalized in Japan, he stressed its relevance to everyday life, insisting on the importance of naturalness and spontaneity. I had arrived at Columbia University two years earlier, hoping to study the history of Japanese Rinzai Zen, but my general coursework and the extreme difficulties of mastering written Japanese had left me time for little else. Now that I was finally to begin my own research, all that remained was to choose a suitable topic. Brimming with confidence and armed with a list of high-sounding proposals, I went to see my advisor, Professor Yoshito Hakeda. He listened patiently, nodded his head, and then, ignoring all my carefully prepared suggestions, asked me if I had considered working on the seventeenth-century Zen master Bankei.
Post a Comment. Bankei Yotaku was a great Zen master. He was also original and somewhat iconoclastic in his approach to the teaching of Zen. Perhaps this latter trait has denied him the fame and acclaim that other Zen masters have received both in the east and the west. Or perhaps it's in the very essence of his teaching of the Unborn Buddha Mind that his directness is uncomfortable for more conventional Zen enthusiasts. Bankei deserves or attention as much as any other of the better-known Zen masters, and in this book Peter Haskel presents us with the means to do so. Bankei Zen contains a superb mixture of translations from the original Japanese, containing sermons, poems and letters by the 17th century master.