Koun Yamada became a dharma successor to the renowned Zen master Haku'un Yasutani while maintaining a prominent career in business and public health. He guided the Zen practice of many students including a large number of Roman Catholic priests, monks, and nuns.
A former Jesuit priest, Ruben L.F. Habito is professor of world religions and spirituality at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and resident teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. A dharma heir of Yamada Koun, he is also the author of Healing Breath and other works in Japanese and English.
"Yamada Koun was of that fine old breed of Japanese Zen Masters-
piercing, disciplined, and always on point. 'The Gateless
Gate' distills his teaching and spirit marvelously. It is an
essential text for anyone interested in the Zen koan, and in the
process of Zen awakening. "--Norman Fischer, former abbot, San
Francisco Zen Center, teacher and founder Everyday Zen Foundation.
Author of Taking Our Places: the Buddhist Path to Truly Growing
"Koun Yamada Roshi played a seminal role in spreading Zen Buddhism from Japan to the West. His insightful and profound commentaries on the Gateless Gate arise from his deep understanding of the Buddha-Dharma. They will help Zen students of all abilities to appreciate the significance of koans, not as paradoxical riddles, but as touchstones of reality."--Gerry Shishin Wick Roshi
"Koun Yamada's superb translation of The Gateless Gate has accompanied me throughout my practice and my teaching ever since the first edition appeared over two decades ago. His teisho on the Cases are alive and pithy, directly conveying Master Mumon's vivid Zen and the life-transforming words of our ancestral teachers. How fortunate we are to have this new edition, with a Foreword by the esteemed Ruben Habito."--Roko Sherry Chayat, Abbot, Zen Center of Syracuse Hoen-ji