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The Mirror of Zen: The Classic Guide to Buddhist Practice by Zen Master So…

by Boep Joeng

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Being an English translation of a Korean translation of the original text, which was written by a Korean monk in classical Chinese. The translation is surprisingly fluid for all that, but I still wish I had access to a direct Chinese-to-English translation for comparison's sake. At any rate, Boep Joeng was a monk active during the 16th century and is apparently famous for raising an army of fellow monks to help repel the Japanese invasion of Korea at that time. His "Mirror of Zen" is a collection of 86 koans, sutra passages, anecdotes, and excerpts from previous masters' Buddhist texts, assembled in an attempt to distill the essence of Buddhist teachings for his students. Joeng appends a commentary to each of these teachings, and occassionally adds a capping word or gatha as well. To this (the American-born monk) translator/editor Hyon Gak has appended 27 pages of notes clarifying obscure references or allusions made in all of the above. The end result is a very nicely assembled package of Buddhist teaching, some of which will already be familiar to students of Chinese or Japanese Buddhism, but all of which is definitely worth reading.
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