What Koans Are and Are Not
Originally posted ¬†by¬†Upaya.
A Dharma talk podcast by Henry Shukman in what koans are and how they may be used.
Recorded:¬†Wednesday Nov 16, 2011
Very broadly speaking, a koan is a type of teaching story used in Zen training. ¬†In this Dharma talk, Henry Shukman explains in more detail what koans are and how they may be used. ¬†‚ÄĚKoans want to blast us from one angle to another,‚ÄĚ Henry says, ‚Äúto keep us free.‚ÄĚ
Henry Shukman has worked as a trombonist, a trawlerman and a travel writer. ¬†His fiction has won an Arts Council Award and has been a finalist for the O. Henry Award. ¬†His first poetry collection, In Dr. No‚Äôs Garden, won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and was a Book of the Year in The Times (London) and The Guardian. ¬†He lives in New Mexico and has recently been appointed an Assistant Zen Teacher of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage.
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