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 large Record.
First to articulate the meditation procedure identified 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 one 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 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 bound to encourage and pleasure.
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The Practice Instructions text derives from dharma talks addressed to monks and laypeople, practitioners who in many cases were already fairly adept meditators. " Dharma" (a Sanskrit word) refers to the teaching of spiritual realization or awareness of reality, to the actual truth or reality itself, and, as "dharmas," to the particular elements of the field of reality. The fulfillment of the purpose of such teaching, its liberative efficacy, depends largely on the awakened presence of the teacher, which is conveyed by rhythm and feeling tone as much as by literal meaning.
From the beginning it is altogether complete, undefiled and clear down to the bottom. Where everything is correct and totally sufficient, attain the pure eye that illuminates thoroughly, fulfilling liberation. Enlightenment involves enacting this; stability develops from practicing it. Birth and death originally have no root or stem, appearing and disappearing originally have no defining signs or traces. The primal light, empty and effective, illumines the headtop. The primal wisdom, silent but also glorious, responds to conditions.
They sparkle and sway. After all one is not confused. So it is said that the various kinds are not equal, but beyond each of them is the path. Responding to this occasion you may proceed accordingly. 36 Find your seat, wear your robe, and go forward and see for yourself Noninterference in the Matter of Oneness The matter of oneness cannot be learned at all. The essence is to empty and open out body and mind, as expansive as the great empti ness of space. Naturally in the entire territory all is satisfied.