Yunmen Wenyan (c. 864-949) was a master of the Chan (Chinese Zen) tradition whose name is associated with one of Chan's renowned "Five Houses"--the five great schools that arose during the Tang dynasty. The Yunmen school is an ancestor of the Zen Rinzai school that was so influential in Japan and that has been one of the formative strains of Zen in America. Yunmen was a simple and very practical teacher--and he shows up as a character in a number of famous koans, in one of which he's credited with the famous line, "Every day is a good day." His primary focus was curing his students of the "disease" of duality, which he often achieved through a process of questioning that cut through their discursive thinking. This classic introduction to Yunmen provides translations of his numerous talks and dialogues, and it also includes a brief history of Chinese Zen, a biography of Yunmen, and summary of his teaching, along with a wealth of resource materials.
Urs App, PhD, is a Swiss scholar of Buddhism and religious studies, specializing in Zen. He was, for many years, professor of Buddhism at Hanazono University in Kyoto and Associate Director of the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism. He has since devoted himself to writing books and producing documentaries while engaging in research at various academic institutions in Asia and Europe.
"A highly valuable resource for all modern students and scholars of Chan and Zen."--Taigen Dan Leighton
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