Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi

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First to articulate the meditation method known to contemporary Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") Chinese Zen master Hongzhi is one of the most influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the only such volume available in English, treats readers to his profound wisdom and beautiful literary gift. In addition to dozens of Hongshi's religious poems, translator Daniel Leighton offers an extended introduction, placing the master's work in its historical context , ...

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Overview

First to articulate the meditation method known to contemporary Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") Chinese Zen master Hongzhi is one of the most influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the only such volume available in English, treats readers to his profound wisdom and beautiful literary gift. In addition to dozens of Hongshi's religious poems, translator Daniel Leighton offers an extended introduction, placing the master's work in its historical context , as well as lineage charts and other information about the Chinese influence on Japanese Soto Zen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804832403
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Tuttle Library of Enlightenment Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 424,299
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Taigen Daniel Leighton, a translator and teacher, is the author of Bodhisattva Archetypes: Classic Buddhist Guides to Awakening and Their Modern Expression, and is the translator of Dogen's The Wholehearted Way. He teaches at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the San Francisco Zen Center, and the Green Gulch Retreat Center, among other places.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Hongzhi's Life
The Soto Context
Is Silent Illumination Quietistic?
Hongzhi's Relation to Dogen
The Empty Field of Buddha Nature
Practice Instructions
Religious Verses
Poem to Manjushri Bodhisattva
Poem to Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
Poem to Universal Vision Bodhisattva
Poem to Moitreya Bodhisattva
Poem to Pure Wisdom Bodhisattva
Poem to Majestic Virtue and East Bodhisattva
Poem to Sound Discernment Bodhisattva
Poem to Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattva
Poem to Complete Enlightenment Bodhisattva
The Acupuncture Needle of Zazen
The Five Ranks
The Four Guests and Hosts
The Truth Body
The Response Body
The Body Emerging from Within the Gate
The Gate Emerging from Within the Body
Memorial in Homage to the Third Ancestor, Chan Master Zhijian
Memorial in Homage to the Fourth Ancestor, Chan Master Dayi
Memorial in Homage to the Fifth Ancestor, Chan Master Daman
Memorial in Homage to Chan Master Touzi Qing
In Praise of Master Furong, True Ancestor
Guidepost of Silent Illumination
Guidepost for the Hall of Pure Bliss
App. A Foundational Teaching Poems of Chinese Zoto Zen
App. B Soto Lineage: Bodhidharma to Dogen
App. C Wade-Giles Transliteration for Chinese Names
Notes
Selected Bibliography
The Translators
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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    A classic in Zen Buddhism.

    Of all the books read by me on Zen Buddhism during my 25 years of practice (the last 15 years being a formal Zen student and an oblate in the Mountains and Rivers Order), this book has been the most inspirational, instructural, and encouraging of all of them. For me, it is a classic which can be read over and over and still seem to be new. It is very pithy with each paragraph--even every sentence--having such depth that is seems difficult to understand that someone was so spiritually developed to have written it. If there were to be only one book for me to carry the rest of my life, this one would be it.

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