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The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans by [Gerry Shishin Wick, Bernie Glassman]

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"The Book of Equanimity is one of the most brilliant and subtle texts in the Zen tradition. Shishin Wick's commentaries on this timeless series of koans illuminate the ancient wisdom of the east for our modern scientific world. There are few today who could shed this kind of light for the Western reader in the 21st century."--Dennis Genpo Merzel, Roshi, President of the White Plum Asanga and Kanzeon International

"This rich and contemporary commentary on the Book of Equanimity takes us through a world of liberating insights. It challenges the reader to look beyond the predictable and obvious to the depth and subtlety of a mind that is truly free."--Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

"Wick's pithy commentaries on the Book of Equanimity cut to the quick of the one hundred cases contained in it. A beacon that penetrates through the haze of complications."--John Daido Loori, author of The Zen of Creativity

"Gerry Shishin Wick is a Zen teacher of long experience and uncommon depth of practice. Every student of Zen would do well to read this fine book and anything else he writes."--Robert Jinsen Kennedy, author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit

"Shishin Wick brings to this important work the depth, precision, and the true vision of the scientist who always stands ready to question everything, never satisfied with platitudes or old standards. He exemplifies the relentless clarity of the teacher challenging us to start afresh in each moment and unabashedly explore in these koans the essence of Zen-and the essence of our lives-in our own words, in the time, culture, and places where we find ourselves."--from the foreword by Bernie Glassman

"Wick's brilliant book helps us crack the mystery of the legendary Zen koans that have been driving Dharma students crazy or to enlightenment for centuries. I myself have found it very interesting and useful, both for myself and for Dharma students. It is a real contribution to Buddhist literature in the Western world, further opening the treasure trove of this great wisdom tradition."--Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and founder of the Dzogchen Center.

"With the sureness of one who knows how to travel the beyond, Zen Master Shesshin Wick guides us through this wonderful Zen classic. Through his eyes and his wise hand, he helps us discover in ourselves a life that is ever abundant with the mystery that flows without ceasing from our own primordial nonexistence."--Reginald Ray, author of Indestructible Truth --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Gerry Shishin Wick is a dharma heir of Taizan Maezumi. He studied with both Soto and Rinzai Zen masters (as did Maezumi) and for 20 years his understanding of the koans in the Book of Equanimity was examined by Maezumi. A former professor of physics, oceanography, and, later, Buddhism, Wick is a teacher whose unique qualifications make him a particularly appealing author. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 968 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 353 pages
  • Publisher : Wisdom Publications (15 March 2005)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • ASIN : B0064C4XHE
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Equanimity (aka The Book of Serenity)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Collection of Koans
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Rodney A Greenblat
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference for Zen students
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