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 broad Record.
First to articulate the meditation procedure identified 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 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 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 impact on jap Soto Zen.
Both religious literature and meditation guide, Cultivating the Empty Field is bound to motivate and enjoyment.
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The clouds evaporate in the cold sky. The autumn has departed and the mountain is barren. This is where we originally dwell.
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. The importance of purifying or resolving one's conditioning 24 I NTRODUCTION informs the practice which underlies Hongzhi's vision of inherent illu mination; once the obscurations of conditioning are shed, free func tioning is manifested.
Still no prin ciple is discernible, so what could there be to point to or explain? People with the bottom of the bucket fallen out immediately find total trust. 17 So we are told simply to realize mutual response and explore mutual response, then turn around and enter the world. 18 Every detail clearly appears before you. Sound and form, echo and shadow, happen instantly without leaving traces. The outside and myself do not dominate each other, only because no perceiving [of objects] comes between us.
Cultivating the Empty Field - The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by Honghzhi Zhengue, Taigen Dan Leighton, Yi Wu