The Blue Cliff Record is a translation of the Pi Yen Lu, a collection of one hundred Zen koans accompanied by commentaries and appreciatory verses from the teachings of the Chinese Zen masters. Compiled in the twelfth century, it is considered to be one of the great treasures of Zen literature and an essential study manual for students of Zen.
"The Blue Cliff Record reveals to us what enlightenment is, what the enlightened life is, how the patriarchs and masters of old struggled with it, attained it, actualized it, and accomplished it...I firmly believe this translation is a milestone and will immensely benefit those who are sincerely engaged in teh practice and the enlightenment of the Buddha-way." -- from the foreword by Taizan Maezumi Roshi
Thomas Cleary holds a Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Among his many translations are The Art of War and Zen Lessons.
J. C. Cleary holds a Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He has translated several books of Zen literature, including Zen Dawn.
648 pp. Paperback.