Zen Letters

Teachings of Yuanwu

By Yuanwu
Translated by J. C. Cleary
Translated by Thomas Cleary

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Shambhala Publications
Pages: 120
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 9781570627033

This book is also included in our Reader's Guide on The Works of the Song Dynasty where you will find other important Zen classics.

Zen Letters presents the teachings of the great Chinese master Yuanwu (1063–1135) in direct person-to-person lessons, intimately revealing the inner workings of the psychology of enlightenment. These teachings are drawn from letters written by Yuanwu to various fellow teachers, disciples, and lay students—to women as well as men, to people with families and worldly careers as well as monks and nuns, to advanced adepts as well as beginning students. A key figure of Zen history, Yuanwu is best known as the author of The Blue Cliff Record. His letters, here in English for the first time, are among the treasures of Zen literature.