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Tranlated by means of Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu Hongzhi -- the twelfth-century chinese language Zen grasp who was once predecessor of the recognized thinker Dogen -- is well known in Zen literature as one in every of its so much artistically sleek stylists. He used to be the 1st to articulate silent illumination, the nondual objectless meditation mostly identified to fashionable Zen scholars as "just sitting." formerly to be had in English in basic terms in scattered fragments, Hongzhi's influential educating is right here provided comprehensively, no longer as a ancient artifact, yet as a undying and encouraging consultant to non secular wisdom within the modern international.

Taigen Daniel Leighton offers an informative advent that lines Hongzhi's existence, very important aspects of his instructing, and his position within the Zen tradition.

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26 Menzan Zuihō capacity “Facing the Mountain Auspicious path. ” 27 Okumura, Dōgen Zen, pp. 55-56. 28 Translations of Dōgen’s model of this poem comprise ibid. , pp. 100-101; Tanahashi, Moon in a Dewdrop, pp. 218-219; and Bielefeldt, Dōgen’s Manuals, p. 204-205. 29 Bielefeldt, Dōgen’s Manuals, p. 205. 30 Waddell and Abe, “Dōgen’s Fukanzazengi,” p. 122. 31 See ibid. , p. 123; Okumura, Dōgen Zen, pp. 94-95; and, for a worthy dialogue of Dōgen’s meditation method, T. Cleary, Shōbōgenzō, Zen Essays, pp. 9-13. 32 Bielefeldt, Dōgen’s Manuals, p. 181. 33 Heine, “Dōgen Casts Off ‘What’,” p. fifty three. 34 T. Cleary, Shōbōgenzō: Zen Essays, p. 32. 35 Okumura, Dōgen Zen, p. fifty three. 36 Heine, “Dōgen Casts Off ‘What’,” pp. 54-55, 61-63. 37 See ibid. , pp. 55-56. 38 T. Cleary, ebook of Serenity, case sixty seven, p. 281. 39 For genjōkōan perform, see Kim, Dōgen Kigen, p. a hundred. forty For examples of Yogācāra instructing, see John Powers, trans. knowledge of Buddha: The Samdhinirmocana Sūtra (Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1995); D. T. Suzuki, trans. , The Lankāvatāra Sutra (Boulder, Colo. : Prajña Press, 1978); Janice Dean Willis. On realizing fact (New York: Columbia college Press, 1979); Yoshito S. Hakeda, trans. , The Awakening of religion: Attributed to Aśvaghosha (New York: Columbia college Press, 1967); or Gadjin Nagao. Mādhyamika and Yogācāra. trans. through Leslie Kawamura. (Albany: country college of recent York Press, 1989). forty-one For examples of Deep Ecology, see John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess, considering Like a Mountain: in the direction of a Council of All Beings (Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1988); and Allan Hunt Badiner, ed. , Dharma Gaia: a Harvest of Essays on Buddhism and Ecology (Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1990). perform directions 1 A disciple of Hongzhi, whose identify ability “Universal Respect,” Monk Puqung isn't pointed out between Hongzhi’s 11 such a lot favorite disciples within the Wu Deng Hui Yuan (Five Lamps Merged within the Source). i will be able to locate no different connection with him. 2 The replicate is a conventional Buddhist snapshot for the transparent, open brain reflecting with out attachment or discrimination. In his “Song of the valuable reflect Samādhi,” Dongshan Liangjie, the founding father of the Caodong/Sōtō culture to which Hongzhi is a successor, makes use of the dear reflect as a picture of woke up, centred brain. See Appendix A. three Taipai height used to be the top height on Mount Tiantong, the place Hongzhi’s Jingde Monastery was once situated. the 3 names have been used interchangeably for Hongzhi’s temple. four “Dragons and elephants” is a standard Zen photo for enlightened practitioners. “Dragon,” right here and in other places within the textual content, refers back to the indigenous chinese language dragons instead of the Indian nāga, which Hongzhi mentions later utilizing the traditional chinese language transliteration. five “Dharma” comes from Sanskrit and refers back to the instructing of non secular consciousness, to the reality of what's taught, and, as “dharmas,” to the actual components of the sphere of truth. right here the final which means is emphasised. 6 The moon is a picture for awakening, shining both on all of the streams of phenomena.

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