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About the Author

Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic


Works by Thomas Cleary

The Essential Koran (1993) 468 copies
The Essential Confucius (2000) — Translator & Editor — 304 copies
The Blue Cliff Record (0011) — Translator — 231 copies
Japanese Art of War (1991) 166 copies
Wen-Tzu (Shambhala Dragon Editions) (1992) — Translator — 159 copies
The Pocket Zen Reader (1999) 128 copies
Teachings of Zen (1997) 114 copies
Zen Antics (1993) 108 copies
Rational Zen (1602) 106 copies
Instant Zen: Waking Up in the Present (1994) — Translator — 103 copies
Taoist Meditation (2000) 99 copies
Thunder in the Sky (1993) 85 copies
The Buddha Scroll (1999) 66 copies
Kensho: The Heart of Zen (1997) 61 copies
Practical Taoism (1996) 59 copies
The Counsels of Cormac: An Ancient Irish Guide to Leadership (2004) — Editor, some editions — 55 copies
I Ching Mandalas (1989) 50 copies
Zen and the Art of Insight (1999) 42 copies
Entry Into the Realm of Reality: The Guide (1989) — Translator — 36 copies
Entry Into the Realm of Reality : The Text (1989) — Translator — 34 copies
The Human Element (1994) 32 copies
The Blue Cliff Record: Volume One (1976) — Translator — 31 copies
The Blue Cliff Record: Volume Three (1977) — Translator — 27 copies
La voie du samouraï (1992) 15 copies
The Taoism Reader (2012) 15 copies
Zen básico (2001) 3 copies
Vimalakirti's Advice (2013) 3 copies
Die Drei Schätze des Dao (1996) 3 copies
The Lankavatara Sutra (2012) 3 copies
Das Tao der weisen Frauen (1993) 3 copies
L'art de gouverner (1999) — Editor — 3 copies
Pararse y ver (1997) 3 copies
Il segreto del fiore d'oro: il libro cinese della vita (1993) — Translator — 3 copies
La Sabiduria Del Samurai (2009) 2 copies
La esencia del corán (1994) 2 copies
Chan Instructions (2016) 2 copies
Denkoroku 2 copies
Zen-bronnen 2 copies
The First Book of Zen (2012) 2 copies
Les Pensées de Confucius (1999) 2 copies
ZEN LESSONS AUDIO (1990) 1 copy
Zen in the Pure Land (2012) 1 copy
Buda : Dhammapada (1999) 1 copy
De poort tot zen (2000) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of War (0500) — Translator, some editions — 23,178 copies
The Book of Five Rings (1643) — Translator, some editions — 5,182 copies
The Dhammapada (0300) — Translator, some editions — 2,820 copies
The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life (1962) — Translator, some editions — 956 copies
Taoist I Ching (1986) — Translator, some editions — 304 copies
The Buddhist I Ching (1987) — Translator, some editions — 149 copies
Shobogenzo: Zen Essays by Dogen (1986) — Translator — 115 copies
The Sutra of Hui-Neng: Grand Master of Zen (Shambhala Dragon Editions) (1982) — Translator, some editions — 110 copies
Opening the Dragon Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard (1996) — Translator, some editions — 106 copies
The Inner Teachings of Taoism (1986) — Translator — 97 copies
I Ching, the Tao of Organization (1988) — Translator — 66 copies
Dream Conversations: On Buddhism and Zen (1994) — Translator — 61 copies
The Story of Chinese Zen (1995) — Translator — 39 copies
Leadership and Strategy: Four Classics [4-volume set] (1994) — Translator — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge



Zen aims at simplicity, so a small book of zen sayings is just right.
mykl-s | Mar 2, 2023 |
'The complete English text of The Blue Cliff Record, translated from the Chinese, has been available for nearly a quarter of a century, but authentic traditions of commentary have been hard to find-until this fluidly translated work, which includes commentaries by two of the greatest Zen masters of early modern Japan.'-Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

'These commentaries make the challenges of the zen masters available to the spiritually courageous among us.'-Bodhi Tree Book Review

The Blue Cliff Record is a classic text of Zen Buddhism, designed to assist in the activation of dormant human potential. The core of this extaordinary work is a collection of one hundred traditional citations and stories, selected for their ability to bring about insight and enlightenment. These vignettes are known as gongan in Chinese and koans in Japanese.

Secrets of The Blue Cliff Record is a fresh translation featuring newly tanslated commentary from two of the greatest Zen masters of early modern Japan, Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) of the Rinzai sect of Zen and Tenkei Denson (1648-1735) of the Soto sect of Zen. This translation and commentary on The Blue Cliff Record sheds new light on the meaning of this central Zen text.

Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is the translator of more than fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.


Translator's introduction
1 The highest meaning of the holy truths
2 The supreme way is without difficulty
3 Sun face buddha, moon face buddha
4 Bundle and all
5 A grain of rice
6 A good day
7 Asking about buddha
8 Eyebrows
9 Joshu's four gates
10 Thieving phony
11 Gooblers of dregs
12 Three pounds of flax
13 Snow in a silver bowl
14 An appropriate statement
15 An upside-down statement
16 The man in the weeds
17 The meaning of the coming from the West
18 The seamless monument
19 Fingertip Zen
20 The meditation brace
21 Lotus blossoms
22 The turtle-nosed snake
23 The summit of the mystic peak
24 The iron grindstone
25 The hermit's staff
26 The peak of graet valor
27 The body of exposed in the autumn wind
28 Not mind or buddha
29 the aeonic fire
30 Big radishes
31 Carrying the ringed staff
32 Standing there
33 The symbol of the circle
34 Five elders peak
35 Questions and answers
36 Roaming the mountains
37 Nothing in the world
38 The workings of the iron ox
39 A flowering hedge
40 A flower
41 One who has experienced the great death
42 Nice snow
43 No cold or heat
44 Knowing how to beat a drum
45 Joshu's cloth shirt
46 The sound of raindrops
47 Not contained by six
48 Making tea
49 Passing through the net
50 Concentration on every atom
51 Going back inside with lowered head
52 The stone bridge of Joshu
53 Wild ducks
54 Exending both hands
55 Won't say
56 breaking through three barriers
57 Nondiscrimination
58 Couldn't explain for five years
59 The supreme way
60 One particle
62 Hidden in the mountain of form
63 Killing a cat
64 Straw sandals
65 A hindu questions buddha
66 Getting the sword
67 Expoiunding a scripture
68 A big laugh
69 Nansen's circle
70 Mouth shut (I)
71 Mouth shut (II)
72 Mouth shut (III)
73 Permutations of assertion and denial
74 The rice pail
75 Unjust beating
76 Have you eaten?
77 A piece of cake
78 Awakened people bathe
79 All sounds
80 On rushing water
81 The elk of elks
82 The physical body
83 The mixing of the ancient buddhas
84 Nonduality
85 A tiger's roar
86 the kitchen pantry and the main gateway
87 Medicine and disease
88 Three kinds of handicap
89 Hands and eyes all over
90 Wisdom
91 the rhinoceros
92 Buddha takes the high seat
93 A dance
94 Not seeing
95 Two kinds of speech
96 Three pivotal sayings
97 Scornful revilement
98 Two mistakes
99 The ten-bodied tamer
100 The razor-sharp sword
Further reading (bibliography)
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AikiBib | May 29, 2022 |
Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the way of the Warrior-Knight.

Here, premier-translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educatiors from the fifteenth century through the nneteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider's view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both marital arts and stategy , and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals.

The wirtings deal with a braod range of subjects-from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to undrstand strategy.

Thomas Cleary holds a PhD from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is widely known for his translations of seminal classics in military science and martial arts.

'Always examine yourselves, reconginze where your temperament is unstable and where it isi stable, and what your strengths and weaknesses are; reduce excesses adn foster what is insufficient. In matters of leisure, let others go first; in matters of labor, be first yourself. What warrirohood requires as duty, moreover, is in this one thing above all-in emergencies and combat you should not defer to others. The Way lies in each aspect of your everyday conduct and activity.'-From Training the Samurai Mind


One Shiba Yoshimasa (1349-1410)
Two Ichijo Kaneyoshi (1402-1481)
Three Nakae Toju (1608-1648)
Four Suzuki Shosan (1579-1655)
Five Kumazawa Banzan (1619-1691)
Six Yamaga Soko (1622-1685)
Seven Kaibara Ekken (1630-1714)
Eight Naganuma Muneyoshi (1635-1690)
Nine Muro Naokiyo (1658-1734)
Ten Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659-1719)
Eleven Izawa Nagahide (active ca. 1711-1732)
Twelve Yamamoto Ujihide (n.d.)
Thirteen Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769)
Fourteen Hojo Chikuho-shi (17th c.)
Fifteen Takayama Kentai (fl. ca. 1761-1793)
Sixteen Hayashi Shihei (1738-1793)
Seventeen Tomida Dairai (fl. ca. 1800)
Eighteen Adachi Masahiro (fl. ca. 1780-1800)
Nineteen Hoshino Tsunetomi (fl. ca. 1815)
Twenty Hirayama Heigen (1759-1828)
Twenty-one Sato Nobuhiro (1773-1850)
Twenty-two Saito Totsudo (1797-1865)
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AikiBib | May 29, 2022 |


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