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Opening a Mountain: Koans of the Zen Masters

Steven Heine


Opening a Mountain is a translation with a commentary of 60 koan cases that feature an important supernatural or ritual element selected from a variety of the major and minor Zen Buddhist koan collections compiled in Sung China and Kamakura Japan. The koan is a brief, enigmatic anecdote or dialog between two contesting parties that defines the heart. The book demonstrates that the main theme underlying much of the koan literature deals with how Zen masters opened or transformed mountains. The transforming of spiritual forces that had been closing off the mountains into manifestati ... More

Keywords: commentary, demons, Kamakura Japan, koan, marvelous, spirits, Sung China, supernatural, translation, Zen Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195135862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195135865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heine, author
Florida International University
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