Eloquent Silence

Nyogen Senzaki’s Gateless Gate and Other Previously Unpublished Teachings and Letters
Foreword by
Eido Shimano


456 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861715596

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“His wise counsel and cutting words are no less timely for readers and Zen practitioners of today.”—Ruben Habito, Roshi, Maria Kannon Zen Center, and author of Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

The most comprehensive collection available of Nyogen Senzaki’s brilliant teachings, Eloquent Silence brings new depth and breadth to our knowledge and appreciation of this historic figure. It makes available for the first time his complete commentaries on the Gateless Gate, one of the most important and beloved of all Zen texts, as well as on koans from the Blue Rock Annals and the Book of Equanimity. Amazingly, some of these commentaries were written while Senzaki was detained at an internment camp during WWII. Also included are rare photographs, poems reproduced in Senzaki’s beautiful calligraphy and accompanied by his own translations, and transcriptions of his talks on Zen, esoteric Buddhism, the Lotus Sutra, what it means to be a Buddhist monk, and other subjects. Roko Sherry Chayat has edited Nyogen Senzaki’s words with sensitivity and grace, retaining his wry, probing style yet bringing clarity and accessibility to these remarkably contemporary teachings.