You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of our FREE Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Buying Options

Kindle Price: $9.99
includes tax, if applicable

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Kindle App Ad
The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans by [Koun Yamada, Ruben L. F. Habito]

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 127 ratings

Amazon Price
New from Used from

Save on selected Bestselling Fiction Books
View our curated selection of books. Click to explore.

Product description


Koans are the intimate family history of Zen. The awakened mind of the Zen ancestors is conveyed, but also their effort, sweat, pain, and joy. Koun Yamada's excellent translation and commentary helped opened the door to this world for many of us, and this new edition is sure to do so for many more..--Kyogen Carlson, Dharma Rain

Koun Yamada Roshi played a seminal role in spreading Zen Buddhism from Japan to the West. His insightful and profound commentaries on the Gateless Gate arise from his deep understanding of the Buddha-Dharma. They will help Zen students of all abilities to appreciate the significance of koans, not as paradoxical riddles, but as touchstones of reality.--Gerry Shishin Wick Roshi

Koun Yamada's superb translation of The Gateless Gate has accompanied me throughout my practice and my teaching ever since the first edition appeared over two decades ago. His teisho on the Cases are alive and pithy, directly conveying Master Mumon's vivid Zen and the life-transforming words of our ancestral teachers. How fortunate we are to have this new edition, with a Foreword by the esteemed Ruben Habito.--Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbot, Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji

The penetrating voice of a unique lay Zen master! The depth of Yamada Koun Roshi's insight doesn't allow him to keep any religious, cultural or racial border in his heart. Consequently many westerners as well as catholic fathers and sisters joined his sangha. Reading his words, we realize that the Dharma has nothing to do with east or west, Buddhism or Christiany. Buddha nature is universal.--Eido Shimano Roshi, Abbot of Dai Bosatsu Zendo, Kongo-Ji

This is an essential reference book for everyone working on koans, and an inspiring window on Zen practice for those who are not.--David Loy, author of The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory

Yamada Koun was of that fine old breed of Japanese Zen Masters- piercing, disciplined, and always on point. 'The Gateless Gate' distills his teaching and spirit marvelously. It is an essential text for anyone interested in the Zen koan, and in the process of Zen awakening. --Norman Fischer, former abbot, San Francisco Zen Center, teacher and founder Everyday Zen Foundation. Author of Taking Our Places: the Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up.

Yamada Roshi's straightforward commentary on the Wu-men kuan (Mumonkan) is again available in this new edition, and I'm delighted. As his Dharma heir, his teachings are my own, as they are for his many other successors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Now our students and a new generation of Zen students everywhere can benefit directly from his guidance. I'm very grateful.--Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen, and Zen Master Raven --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Koun Yamada became a dharma successor to the renowned Zen master Haku'un Yasutani while maintaining a prominent career in business and public health. He guided the Zen practice of many students including a large number of Roman Catholic priests, monks, and nuns.

A former Jesuit priest, Ruben L.F. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun, he is also the author of Healing Breath and other works in Japanese and English. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003Z0CQRW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wisdom Publications (10 June 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1907 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 321 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 127 ratings

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5
127 global ratings
How are ratings calculated?

Review this product

Share your thoughts with other customers

Top reviews from Australia

There are 0 reviews and 2 ratings from Australia

Top reviews from other countries

Andre Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A true insight into what is ZEN
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2018
Verified Purchase
4.0 out of 5 stars A very deep book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2010
Verified Purchase
6 people found this helpful
Report abuse
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a great representation of Zen.
Reviewed in the United States on 21 June 2018
Verified Purchase
54 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for beginners.
Reviewed in the United States on 17 July 2021
Verified Purchase
Gary Crickmore
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading the 48 stories that do not make sense ...
Reviewed in the United States on 29 January 2016
Verified Purchase
11 people found this helpful
Report abuse