By Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu
Cultivating the Empty Field is a contemporary translation of the center of chinese language Ch'an grasp Hongzhi's vast Record.
First to articulate the meditation strategy recognized to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is among the such a lot influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the single such quantity to be had in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and gorgeous literary present. as well as dozens of Hongshi's spiritual poems, translator Daniel Leighton deals a longer advent, putting the master's paintings in its historic context , in addition to lineage charts and different information regarding the chinese language impact on eastern Soto Zen.
Both non secular literature and meditation guide, Cultivating the Empty Field is bound to motivate and pleasure.
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Cultivating the Empty box is a latest translation of the center of chinese language Ch'an grasp Hongzhi's huge list. First to articulate the meditation strategy recognized to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is among the such a lot influential poets in all of Zen literature.
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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 without reasons for anxiety.
24 The unity of practice and enlightenment is central to Dagen's teaching. While it is essential to realize fully this perfect, all-pervasive Mind, which is no place other than right here, and is naturally undefiled, arriving at some theoretical understanding of this truth is not enough. It must be personally practiced, enacted, fully exerted, and celebrated. " For Dagen this is enacted in zazen (seated meditation), and also in sincere mindful conduct of ordinary everyday life (as expressed, for example, in Zhaozhou's "wash out your bowl" and "drink your tea," mentioned by Hongzhi in his Practice Instructions).
There is ceasing the traces of enlightenment, which causes one to forever leave the traces of enlightenment which is cessation. 34 The dropping off or shedding of body-mind is itself thorough realization of universal illuminating emptiness as the all-pervading nature of existence, and is understood as the highest awakening in Soto Zen; Menzan equates it with anuttarasamyak-sambodhi, unsurpassed perfected buddhahood. 35 There has been speculation as to whether Dogen's teaching of 21 CULTIVATING THE EMPTY FIELD dropping off body-mind really derived from Rujing-that Dagen misunderstood Rujing, who was really speaking only of casting off the dusts (defilements) from the mind, and that this misunderstanding, or his intentional reinterpretation, led to Dagen's enlightenment and his own, original formulation of shinjin datsuraku.
Cultivating the empty field : the silent illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu