Cultivating the Empty Field - The Silent Illumination of Zen by Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu

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 vast Record.

First to articulate the meditation technique identified to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is likely one of the such a lot 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 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 jap Soto Zen.

Both religious literature and meditation guide, Cultivating the Empty Field is certain to motivate and pleasure.

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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. Vast and spacious, like sky and water merging during autumn, like snow and moon having the same color, this field is without boundary, beyond direc­ tion, magnificently one entity without edge or seam. Further, when you turn within and drop off everything com­ pletely, realization occurs.

Then all minds are free and all dusts evaporate in the original brilliance shining everywhere. Transforming according to circumstances, meet all beings as your ancestors. Subtly illuminate all conditions, magnanimous beyond all duality. Clear and desireless, the wind in the pines and the moon in the water are content in their elements. Without minds interacting, [wind and pines or moon and water] do not impede one another. Essentially you exist inside emptiness and have the capacity to respond outwardly without being annoyed, like spring blossoming, like a mirror reflecting forms.

Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications and accord fully without effort. The mirror is clear and magnanimous. The valley is empty, but echoes. From the beginning unbound by seeing or hearing, the genuine self romps and plays in samddhi without obstruction. When enacted like this, how could it not be beneficial? Sit Empty ofWorldly Anxiety If you truly appreciate a single thread your eye can suitably meet the world and its changes. Seeing clearly, do not be fooled, and the ten thousand situations cannot shroud you.

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