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 large Record.
First to articulate the meditation process recognized 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 one such quantity on hand in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and lovely literary present. as well as dozens of Hongshi's non secular poems, translator Daniel Leighton bargains a longer creation, 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 certain to motivate and enjoyment.
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He spoke up and answered their questions, producing appropriate dharma talks. I have selected a few of these and arranged them in order. Ah, the emptiness ofthe great blue sky, the flowing ofthe vast ocean. I have not yet attained these utmost depths, so please excuse my attempt to record his talks. I must await the ones who 29 CULTIVATING THE EMPTY FIELD mysteriously accord with spiritual awakening to pound out the rhythm of his words and appreciate their tones. The Bright, Boundless Field The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning.
The Practice of True Reality The practice of true reality is simply to sit serenely in silent introspection. When you have fathomed this you cannot be turned around by external causes and conditions. This empty, wide open mind is subtly and correctly illuminating. Spacious and content, without confusion from inner thoughts of grasping, effectively overcome habitual behavior and realize the self that is not possessed by emotions. You must be broad-minded, whole without relying on others. Such upright independent spirit can begin not to pursue degrading situations.
When you reach the truth without middle or edge, cutting off before and after, then you realize one wholeness. Everywhere sense faculties and objects both just happen. The one who sticks out his broad long tongue transmits the inexhaustible lamp, radiates the great light, and performs the great buddha work, from the first not borrowing from others one atom from outside the dharma. 14 Clearly this affair occurs within your own house. Forgetting about Merit is Fulfillment Separate yourself from disturbance and face whatever appears before you.
Cultivating the empty field : the silent illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu