It is better to travel alone. There is no companionship with a fool. Go on your way alone and commit no evil, without cares like a great elephant in the deep forest. It is good to have companions when occasion arises, and it is good to be contented with whatever comes. Merit is good at the close of life, and the elimination of all suffering is good.
Monks behaving badly
Shouting, burning books, cutting off fingers, falling off a 10' pole, no doubt about it, these are the punk rockers of Buddhism.
Koans are a part of formal training in Zen Buddhism and although several collections have been published it it critical to understand:
- Koan study is a part of Zen monastic training and is done under the guidance of a roshi or "venerable teacher".
- The student would thus be expected to have a foundation of Buddhist training including sutras, precepts, and an established meditative practice.
Koan can be translated a public record or public case and on the surface Koans read very much like fables or short stories.
There are several collections of Koans and a partial listing includes:
Although some Koans may seem easier to understand then others, reading a Koan is akin to hitting a brick wall. How to pass through the 'Gateless gate'?
First, some Koans are a bit easier then others and if you are new to Koans I highly suggest you start with the Collection of Stone and Sand.
To be continued ...