By Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu
Cultivating the Empty Field is a contemporary translation of the middle of chinese language Ch'an grasp Hongzhi's wide Record.
First to articulate the meditation approach identified to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is without doubt one of the so much influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the one such quantity on hand in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and gorgeous literary reward. as well as dozens of Hongshi's non secular poems, translator Daniel Leighton bargains a longer advent, 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 religious literature and meditation guideline, Cultivating the Empty Field is certain to encourage and enjoyment.
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Because awareness of Hongzhi in contemporary Buddhist studies and practice has been dwarfed by appreciation of Dogen, whose genius is esteemed as a unique and fresh Japanese synthesis of Buddhist teaching as it developed in the Chinese Zen tradition, it seems appropriate in tracing Hongzhi's influence on Zen to compare his teachings with those of Dogen. Examining primary aspects of Dogen's practice is also helpful in more fully understanding practical implementations and intentions of Hongzhi's meditation teachings, and in turn reveals the great extent of Dogen's indebtedness to Hongzhi.
Today is not your first arrival here. Since the 34 PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS ancient home before the empty kalpa, clearly nothing has been obscured. Although you are inherently spirited and splendid, still you must go ahead and enact it. When doing so, immediately display every atom without hiding a speck of dirt. Dry and cool in deep repose, profoundly understand. If your rest is not satisfying and you yearn to go beyond birth and death, there can be no such place. Just burst through and you will discern without thought-dusts, pure with out reasons for anxiety.
The cold stream cleanses the moon. Not departing and not remaining, far beyond all the changes, you can give teachings without attainment or expectation. Everything everywhere comes back to the olden ground. Not a hair has been shifted, bent, or raised up. 28 Thoroughly observing each thing with the whole eye is a patch-robed monk's spontaneous conduct. Beaming Through All Gloom Study the Buddha and research his lineage's subtlety. You must clarify your heart, dive into the spirit, and silently wander in contemplation, 40 PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS apprehending the dharma's source.