A Classic Collection of Zen Koans
Translated and annotated by Thomas Yuho Kirchner
The most contemporary of the ancient koan collections—representing centuries of refinement by Zen masters working with their students, Entangling Vines, a translation of the Shumon kattoshu, is one of the few major koan texts to have been compiled in Japan rather than China. Indeed, Kajitani Sonin (1914–1995) former chief abbot of Shokoku-ji and author of an annotated, modern-Japanese translation of the Kattoshu, commented that “herein are compiled the basic Dharma materials of the koan system.” Most of the central koans of the contemporary Rinzai koan curriculum are contained in this work. Kirchners careful annotation of each koan makes this a brilliant introduction to Buddhist philosophy.