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( Read E-pub ) õ The Undying Lamp of Zen: The Testament of Zen Master Torei ⚜ This is a complete explanation of Zen practice written by one of the most eminent masters of pre modern Japan The author, Torei Enji , was best known as one of two genius assistants to Hakuin Ekaku, who was himself a towering figure in Zen Buddhism who revitalized the Rinzai school Torei was responsible for much of the advanced work of Hakuin s later disciples and also helped systemize Hakuin s teachings The Undying Lamp of Zen includes a range of principles and practices, from the most elementary to the most advanced It is an indispensable aid to the practice of Rinzai Zen, and provides an accessible entr e to the Zen experience in general Torei is a compelling guide his tone is energetic, no nonsense, and full of personality Premier translator Thomas Cleary provides a thorough introduction and illuminating footnotes throughout, and his masterful translation allows Torei s distinctive voice to shine through It took awhile to get through this text because it is a very compacted and condensed read A good chunk of what purports to be zen literature tends to be unnecessarily obtuse or wearing a garment of esoteric styling Much of that is, in reality, puff and fluff and devoid of anything of real value, sad to say But every once in awhile there are texts like this one that contain obscure and condensed material that absolutely need to be unpacked and spread out and re examined So, this text, thoug It took awhile to get through this text because it is a very compacted and condensed read A good chunk of what purports to be zen literature tends to be unnecessarily obtuse or wearing a garment of esoteric styling Much of that is, in reality, puff and fluff and devoid of anything of real value, sad to say But every once in awhile there are texts like this one that contain obscure and condensed material that absolutely need to be unpacked and spread out and re examined So, this text, though not very lengthy, probably unrolls to be about thrice its size if you add in all of the references, backstories, and flesh out all of the examples and meanings Needless to say, the work presumes that its readers hearers have a sufficiently strong knowledge of much of the material Specifically, the history, personages, and anecdotes of Zen culture.As I read this, I often felt there was a hidden skeleton of medieval western scholasticism in the structure of the text There isn t, actually, but there is if you consider it as a strong teaching method Presenting an argument, presenting the contradictions to it, responding to it, providing textual or supporting evidence, etc Its not so structured and rigorous as all that, but there are hints of it throughout the text.Overall, this needs re reading at least twice Its a dense text with a lot of good material, but it is not the most accessible Other than a part in the first chapter where he exhaustively goes through the entire lineage from Buddha onwards, which gets tedious, this is a short but excellent explanation of many aspects of Zen practice, as well as a fervent plea to pass down the teaching Wouldn t recommend as an intro to Zen, but great if you ve practiced for a bit or read a few other selections first.