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Foreword to The Gateless Gate
Koun Yamada Roshi (1906-1989), author of this volume of Zen talks (teisho) on a thirteenth-century collection of koans entitled Gateless Gate (Wumen-kuan), is most likely to be remembered in posterity as one of the great Zen Masters of the twentieth century. Longtime head of the Sanbo Kyodan Zen community and main dharma successor to Hakuun Yasutani Roshi (1885-1973), his teaching career spanned nearly three decades from the early 1960’s up to his death. His own dharma heirs