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Cultivating the empty field : the silent illumination of Zen by Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu

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By Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu

Cultivating the Empty Field is a latest translation of the center of chinese language Ch'an grasp Hongzhi's large Record.

First to articulate the meditation process 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 on hand in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and lovely 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 historic context , in addition to lineage charts and different information regarding the chinese language impression 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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Then you reach the foundation of the great freedom. Wind blows and moon shines, and beings do not obstruct each other. Afterwards, settle back within and take responsibility. Wisdom returns and the principle is consummated. When you forget about merit your position is fulfilled. Do not fall for occupying honorable stations, but enter the current of the world and join with the delusion. Transcendent, solitary, and glorious, directly know that transmitting is merit, but having transmitted is not your own merit.

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. Stepping back with open hands, [giving up everything], is thoroughly comprehending life and death. Immediately you can sparkle and respond to the world. Merge together with all things. Everywhere is just right. Accordingly we are told that from ancient to modern times all dharmas are not concealed, always apparent and exposed.

All Beings Are Your Ancestors Fully appreciate the emptiness of all dharmas. 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.

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