Haskel (with Yoshito Hakeda, who edited the book) has brought Bankei alive as a zen (Bankei’s Zen of the unborn) as well as his editing of the Bankei zenji. The Japanese Zen master Bankei Yōtaku (), posthumously honored is by Peter Haskel and his team), bringing Bankei’s renown and his “Fu-shō Zen”. Bankei Yotaku () was a great Zen master. He was also original and somewhat iconoclastic in his approach to the teaching of Zen.

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No, they never teach the importance of staying in the birthless Buddha-mind.

Find it on Scholar. If you perform your chores with all your might, you are practicing the Unborn Buddha-heart. Dig the Unborn, and you’re set.

At some point during his period as a hermit, Bankei began to be discovered as a great holy man by a wider community of spiritual aspirants, and by now he knew how to present the spoken Dharma-teachings in a more intuitively comprehensible way. This is the actual proof of the Unborn.

The book is chock-a-block full of interesting and inspiring teachings that we can all benefit from reflecting on. Somewhat of a broken record. Yet almost no rules were needed, and here and at his monasteries none of the traditional Zen beating or scolding was allowed, since Bankei trusted the natural goodness of our perfect Buddha-nature to prevail over our human nature.


So Bankei visited the temples of other Zen teachers in the area, but found no one with the direct intuitive understanding to confirm his awakening. He later described the epiphany: Studies in the Vernacular Translations of de Consolatione Philosophiae.

Your mistake is one of self-love, which makes you concern yourself with others and insists that you have your own way. He used simple, everyday language to convey the Unborn to his listeners, which Haskel has translated well into modern English. From the viewpoint of birthlessness, they are of little significance.

Even though he is generally recognized as one of three greatest Japanese teachers — the others being Dogen who died several centuries before Bankei was born and Hakuin who was born just before Bankei diedhe is really a teacher of all humanity. He traveled extensively among them and to other sites, especially those temples needing restoration, to train disciples male and female and preach to the masses of people.

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When you thoroughly grasp the Unborn, then, in the Unborn, there’s no difference whether you’re a man or a woman. And since everyone possesses the banke of Buddhahood, not even a trace of delusion [fundamentally] exists.

See this essay on the 6 kinds of karma. Return to Book Page.

Bankei Zen by Peter Haskel

Going along as circumstances carry me—north, south, east, west, without hiding my ugliness and clumsiness between heaven and earth. To prepare you for this is my greatest desire…. Open Preview See a Problem? Nothing can be so weighty as the Buddha-mind. Bankei Zen by Peter Haskel.


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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I spat against a wall. This comes from the Buddha-heart and is unborn and eternal labor. David Karnos – – International Studies in Philosophy 25 2: Inat age 30, while meditating with the congregation, Bankei experienced irreversible enlightenment Sanskrit: Josh Fatzick rated it it was amazing Haekel 21, P J rated it really liked it Nov 01, I realized what it was that had escaped me until now: He had three older brothers and four sisters.

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