By Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu
Cultivating the Empty Field is a latest translation of the middle of chinese language Ch'an grasp Hongzhi's broad Record.
First to articulate the meditation process identified to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is without doubt one of the such a lot influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the single such quantity on hand in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and lovely literary present. as well as dozens of Hongshi's spiritual poems, translator Daniel Leighton deals a longer creation, putting the master's paintings in its ancient context , in addition to lineage charts and different information regarding the chinese language effect on eastern Soto Zen.
Both non secular literature and meditation guide, Cultivating the Empty Field is certain to motivate and pleasure.
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This practice thus further involves closely observing our delusions and using these obstructions themselves to clarify and illu minate the fundamental field of awakening. We must practice at grinding down, curing, and brushing away the "dusts" until we can enact this awareness and allow the fundamental pervasive purity to shine. Hongzhi says: Empty and desireless, cold and thin, simple and genuine, this is how to strike down and fold up the remaining habits of many lives. When the stains from old habits are exhaust ed, the original light appears, blazing through your skull, not admitting any other matters.
Complete without a hair's difference between them, springing forth with spontaneity, they clearly exemplifY coming home, but still must investigate until they have eaten their fill. Clouds disperse and winds die down. The autumn sky clears and the moon sets. The waters of heaven are lim itless. Where the ground is on its own the brightness begins to be realized. Buddha Flowers, Leaves, Roots, and Dusts The Way is not what the ancestors transmit. Before the ancestors come, it already pervades the whole environment.
How could they not realize the great function that appears before us? A patch-robed monk follows movement and responds to changes in total harmony. Moreover, haven't you yourself established the mind that thinks up all the illusory conditions? This insight must be perfectly incorporated. Thirty Years ofEmptiness and Existence Authentic clarity is without blemishes. 38 At this time of not discriminating, instantly there is the whole body. The eye cannot see itself but neither can its function be dimmed.
Cultivating the Empty Field - The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu