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by Cheng-Chueh,Zen Master Hongzhi,Taigen Daniel Leighton,I. Wu


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Cultivating the Empty Field

Cultivating the Empty Field. The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi TUTTLE. Hongzhi's vast luminous buddha field is the field of buddha nature, our inalienable endowment of wisdom. Hongzhi tells us that.

Cultivating the Empty Field is a modern translation of the core of Chinese Ch'an master Hongzhi's Extensive Record. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry. Hongzhi-the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master who was a predecessor of the famous philosopher Dogen-is celebrated in Zen literature as one of its most artistically graceful stylists. He was the first to articulate silent illumination, commonly known to Zen students as "just sitting.

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Hongzhi-the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master who was a predecessor of the famous philosopher Dogen-is celebrated in Zen literature as one of its most artistically graceful stylists. Hongzhi's influential teaching is presented in here as a timeless guide to spiritual awareness.

Cultivating the Empty Field book. Cultivating the Empty Field is a modern translation of the core of Chinese Ch'an master Hongzhi's Extensive Record

Cultivating the Empty Field book. Cultivating the Empty Field is a modern translation of the core of Chinese Ch'an master Hongzhi's Extensive Record. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the only such volu Cultivating the Empty Field is a modern translation of the core of Chinese Ch'an master Hongzhi's Extensive Record.

Practice Instructions Translated by Taigen Dan Leighton with Yi Wu. Guidepost for the Hall of Pure Bliss Translated by Taigen Dan Leighton with Yi Wu. PDF: The Record of Hongzhi and the Recorded Sayings Literature of Song-Dynasty Chan by Morten Schlütter In: The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts. Eds. S. Heine & D. Wright), 2004.

by: Cheng-Chueh · Zen Master Hongzhi · Taigen Daniel Leighton · I. Wu. Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-86547-475-8.

Twelfth-century Chinese Zen Master Honhzhi is celebrated in Zen literature as one of its most artistically graceful stylists. Previously available in English onlu in scattered fragments, Hongzhi's influential teaching is here presented comprehensively as a timeless and inspiring guide to spiritual awareness in the contemporary world. Bibliography and lineage chart included.

Comments: (7)

Cae
Cultivating the Empty Field: Honghzhi Zhengue seems more down-to-earth than some of the other Chinese Zen/Chan teachers of that era, speaking to lay people as well as monks. Not so happy with the translation, which I'm sure was worked on very carefully, but some of it just doesn't make good sense in English, and needs more commas for clarity. I hope someone else translates this, so one can compare the meanings of certain words and phrases.
Felolak
Pithy contemplations for bringing us back to the simplicity of the view. As others have mentioned this is likely most beneficial to those who have been meditating for several years or more. Though it's a Zen text it will be equally satisfying to the Mahamudra or Dzogchen practitioner.
Kata
The silent illumination of Zen master Hongshi, is an effusive celebration of the glory of the "nameless"
He uses examples from nature, of harmony and perfection, so that we can abide effortlessly in nature,
and the nature of our Mind.
In my top 3 books all time.
Mettiarrb
I can't comment on the translator, and so this review is about the teaching of Honghzhi. This Zen master's voice resonates in a special way. Clear and bright, very encouraging.
Throw her heart
Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi was recommended to me by Sensei Daishin at ZCLA. Normally, I have a lot of trouble making sense of Asian metaphors. This time, I decided to invest the effort purely out of respect for Sensei's advice. I have been well rewarded.

The book (translated by Taigen Dan Leighton) is a collection of dharma talks given by Hongzhi in the 12th century. Each is quite short - often less than one page - but I found I could only read one per day if I really considered the text. In fact, I usually read a new talk every other day.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book, but be warned! you must carefully consider each talk before moving to the next. It is very tempting to blow through the book as it is very short. The content is very to-the-point, but you have to exert yourself to penetrate the layers of meaning.
Kalv
I read this shortly after it first came out. It seemed OK and I put it aside. Several years ago --and after more sitting practice and retreats-- I reread it and now I think it is a treasure. In the translated passages/poems, Hongzhi is speaking consistently from a deeply enlightened experience.
Someone new to Zen may find this collection of talks from a twelfth century Chinese master fuzzy and not very helpful. But for someone with experience sitting, it is profound. Dogen also gave Hongzhi "five stars" in Shobogenzo.

Hongzhi's words have become my favorite sitting companion.
Justie
This is a classic book of Zen Buddhism and would recommend it to anyone who is a serious student. It is a must-have book for even the most limited Zen Buddhism library.
This is not a book for a person just beginning the exploration of Zen. Many references are made to Zen stories that the reader should be familiar with. The book is difficult to penetrate--the cultural differences between old China and the modern-day world are not easily bridged. The translator, I am sure, did the best he could, but as an former student of Chinese, I know how difficult it is to make sense of some texts. Try Hsin hsin ming if you want an understandable introduction to Zen. This book will create moderate headaches for those unprepared.
Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi download epub
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Author: Cheng-Chueh,Zen Master Hongzhi,Taigen Daniel Leighton,I. Wu
ISBN: 0865474753
Category: Religion & Spirituality
Subcategory: Buddhism
Language: English
Publisher: North Point Pr; 1st edition (July 1991)
Pages: 91 pages