The Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku)

An ongoing compilation of the 100 koans of The Blue Cliff Record

The translations presented here have been compiled by Ted Biringer. They are based on a variety influences. The wording is primarily based on the oral transmission presented to him by his teacher in actual training. These wordings have been modified for clarity and accuracy according to his own understanding as well as his references to other translations. Other translations consulted include (but are not limited to) those by Thomas and J.C. Cleary, Robert Aitken, Nelson Foster, Katsuki Sekida, and Steven Heine. For alternative online translations see: Hekiganroku (Blue Cliff Record) Translated by Gregory Wonderwheel

The Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku)

Case 1: Bodhidharma’s Vast Emptiness

Case 2: Joshu’s Picking and Choosing

Case 3: Baso’s Sun Face Buddha, Moon Face Buddha

Case 4: Tokusan’s Nothing, Nothing

Case 5: Seppo’s Grain of Rice

Case 6: Ummon’s Every Day is a Good Day

Case 7: Hogen’s You Are Echo

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