A collection of Chinese koan, cryptic Zen stories that point the way to enlightenment. Over the centuries, masters have attempted to help the process along by adding their own remarks. In 'Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record,' Thomas Cleary includes the core elements of the original Blue Cliff Record and selections from the extensive work of these two commentators. The result is not exactly a CliffsNotes, as the reading is still arduous. Even the comments can be cryptic and in need of comment. But the more fingers pointing at the moon, the easier it is to find.