The introduction (by Stephen Batchelor) briefly covers the history of Buddhism in Korea and of life in Kusan’s monastery, plus a biography of Kusan himself. The teachings by Kusan begin with a basic orientation to meditation, followed by some talks from a winter retreat and advice and encouragement. It concludes with a commentary on the ten oxherding pictures.
Both the translator Martine Batchelor and introduction author Stephen Batchelor trained in Korea with Kusan. Martine Batchelor was Kusan’s translator for several years.