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384 Bankei Zen Peter Haskel

384 Bankei Zen Peter Haskel



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Translations from theRecord ofBankei
Yoshito Hakeda,
Editor Foreword by
Mary Farkas
The author wishes to acknowledge the cooperation of the First Zen Institute of America, New York.
Copyright © 1984 by Peter Haskel and Yoshito HakedaAll Rights ReservedNo part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval sys-tem, or transmitted in any form, by any means, including me-chanical, electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise,without the prior written permission of the publisher.First Evergreen Edition 1984First Printing 1984ISBN: 0-394-6249S-9Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 83-81372Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication DataBankei, 1622-169B.Bankei Zen.Translated from the Japanese.1. Zen BuddhismDoctrinesEarly works to 1800. I.Hakeda, Yoshito S.    II. Haskel, Peter.    III. Title.BQ9399.E573E5 1984   294.3'927       83-81372 ISBN 0-394-53524-3 (hard) ISBN 0-394-62493-9 (pbk.)Manufactured in the United States of AmericaGROVE PRESS, INC., 196 West Houston Street, New York,N.Y., 10014
These days many people travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see or hear Zen masters. Some meet them. Somestudy with them. Few have a chance to ask them: Whatshall I do with my anger, jealousy, hate, fear, sorrow, am-bition, delusions-all the problems that occupy humanminds? And how shall I deal with my work, my mother and father, my children, my husband or wife, my servants,my employersthe relations that make up human life?Can Zen help me?If the Zen Master Bankei were available for consulta-tion at a nearby street corner today, he'd be saying muchthe same things he did to comfort and enlighten the paradeof housewives, merchants, soldiers, officials, monks andthieves who sought guidance from him three centuriesago.Bankei, the enlightened human being, shares his ownexperience with us as a real person, speaking his own realwords. The advice he gives strikes right to the heart. It ishighly personal, not theoretical or abstract. The nature of human beings has changed very little through the centu-ries, despite numerous efforts to change it. Nor does itseem likely to be less full of passion, jealousy and hate inthe next thousand years, here or in outer space.When Bankei had completed his spiritual training andmonastic career, which included the founding of a number of temples and the training of innumerable monks and

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