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Bankei Zen

Translations from the Record of Bankei

Yoshito Hakeda (Editor), Peter Haskel (Translator), Mary Farkas (Foreword by)


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The eccentric Bankei (1622-1693) 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. This volume presents his teachings-as refreshing and iconoclastic today as they were three hundred years ago-in a fluent translation by Peter Haskel, accompanied by a vivid account of Bankei's life and times, illustrations, and extensive notes for the scholar.

Grove Press, 9780802131843, 196pp.

Publication Date: January 23, 1994

About the Author

Haskel received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.