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Opening a MountainKoans of the Zen Masters$
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Steven Heine

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195135862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195135865.001.0001

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Encountering Supernatural Forces

Encountering Supernatural Forces

(p.101) [THREE] Encountering Supernatural Forces
Opening a Mountain

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This section concerns the experiences of the supranormal realm of dreams, visions, and apparitions, in addition to meetings with spirits, gods, demons, and bodhisattvas. It also treats strange, anomalous, or magical entities like the snake and fox, which have the power to shift shape into human form in order to deceive or to bless. Zen masters apply some form of purification to transform the energy of the shape‐shifting spirits.

Keywords:   bodhisattvas, dreams, gods, kōan, visions

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