By Hongzhi Zhengjue
First to articulate the meditation technique 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 to be had in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and lovely literary reward. as well as dozens of Hongzhi's non secular poems, translator Daniel Leighton deals a longer advent, putting the master's paintings in its old context , in addition to lineage charts and different information regarding the chinese language effect on eastern Soto Zen.
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Said the Patriarch. Wukong laughed and said, "Master indeed loves to beat about the bush! Haven't Ijust told you that I don't know these idioms of the marketplace? " "So this too lacks permanence," said Wukong. " Wukong asked. "Plenty of activities," said the Patriarch, "such as gathering the yin to nourish the yang, bending the bow and treading the arrow, and rubbing the navel to pass breath. " asked Wukong. " cried Wukong. " The Patriarch said, "When the moon is high in the sky, its reflection is in the water.
They kicked and punched; they yanked at his hair and poked at his eyes; they pinched his nose and tried to sweep him completely off his feet, until they tangled themselves into confusion. Meanwhile Wukong succeeded in snatching the scimitar, pushed through the throng of little monkeys, and brought the scimitar down squarely onto the monster's skull, cleaving it in two. He and the rest of the monkeys then fought their way into the cave and slaughtered all the imps, young and old. With a shake, he collected his hair back onto his body, but there were some monkeys that did not return to him.
If you can escape it, your age will indeed equal that of Heaven; if not, your life will thus be finished. After another five hundred years Heaven will send down the calamity of fire to burn you. That fire is neither natural nor common fire; its name is the Fire of Yin, and it arises from within the soles of your feet to reach even the cavity of your heart, reducing your entrails to ashes and your limbs to utter ruin. The arduous labor of a millennium will then have been made completely superfluous.
Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by Hongzhi Zhengjue