Tune Beyond the Clouds: Zen Teachings from Old China

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This work focuses on the teachings of an outstanding Zen master of the 13th century China--Shiqi Xinyue, "Mind-Moon" of Stone River. Stone River was a religious leader, who served as the abbot of a number of major Zen temples and was honored by the imperial authorities as an eminent holy man.
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This work focuses on the teachings of an outstanding Zen master of the 13th century China--Shiqi Xinyue, "Mind-Moon" of Stone River. Stone River was a religious leader, who served as the abbot of a number of major Zen temples and was honored by the imperial authorities as an eminent holy man.
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This book focuses on the teachings of 13th-century Chinese Zen master Shiqui Xinyue. The koans, stories, and poems of the Zen master accompanied by explanatory notes from the editor comprise the bulk of the text, which is preceded by an inadequately brief historical overview of Chinese Buddhism. Those seeking more comprehensive information should be steered toward Arthur F. Wright's Buddhism in Chinese History (Stanford Univ. Pr., 1971). Also, the editor does not name the specific source document for his translation, simply calling it a ``collection of Zen teachings.'' However, the 141 anecdotal teachings are in clear, concise English and the explanatory notes help with the paradoxical statements and allusions. Recommended for large public libraries with patron interest in the subject.-- Del Cain, V.A. Medical Ctr. Lib., Bedford, Mass.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780895819017
  • Publisher: Jain Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1991
  • Edition description: JAIN PUBLISHING COMPANY
  • Pages: 160

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction
I. "A Tune Beyond the Clouds" 1
II. A Slice of Zen History 2
1. Buddhism in China 2
2. The Zen Schools 5
3. Zen Influences 6
4. The Process of Buddhist History 7
5. Zen in the Time of Stone River 9
6. The Barbarian Conquests of China 11
7. The Worldly and the World-Transcending 17
8. Quality in Buddhism 22
III. A Map of Zen Mind 24
1. Buddha Mind and the Human Mind 24
2. Analyzing the Human Mind 25
3. From Theory to Practice 28
4. Transforming Consciousness into Wisdom 33
5. Yogacara Buddhist Theory and Zen 35
Teachings of Zen Master Shiqi Xinyue "Stone River"
1. The Ready-Made Case 37
2. Zen Lore 38
3. How to Serve Buddha 39
4. Impact 40
5. It's All Here Now 42
6. Thought & No-Thought 42
7. There is No Other Road 43
8. How to Learn Zen 44
9. Worker-Monks 46
10. Zen Travels 46
11. Will 47
12. The Inexhaustible Treasury 48
13. The Lineage of Zen 50
14. Why Wait? 51
15. Ready-Made Samadhi 52
16. The Village of Dreams 53
17. The Transmission of Zen 54
18. Stopping 55
19. Centered 57
20. Before and After 57
21. Today and Forever 58
22. On the Anniversary of the Death of his Teacher 58
23. The Teacher's Method 59
24. The Family Style 59
25. A Visit from an Old Friend 60
26. Beyond Affirmation and Denial 60
27. Putting a Roof on the Dharma-Hall 60
28. See for Yourself 60
29. An Imperial Invitation 61
30. Farewell to the Assembly at Tiger Hill 62
31. Entry into Lingyin Zen Temple 63
32. A Challenge 64
33. Forming Associations 66
34. Accept Your Lot 67
35. Bluegreen Mountains, White Clouds 68
36. The Dharma on New Year's Day 69
37. The Staff 69
38. The Dharma Cannot be Sought 70
39. A Turning Word 70
40. A Disciple's Gratitude and Resentment 71
41. Always Secure 71
42. Break the Golden Chains 72
43. This Dharma 72
44. Smelted in a Great Furnace 73
45. Who Can Sing an Answering Refrain? 73
46. Ancient and Modern 74
47. How Can We Escape? 74
48. Still Lacking 75
49. Buddha's Body 76
50. The Net is Cast Over You 76
51. Inside an Atom of Dust 77
52. Abiding Nowhere 77
53. Greetings to the Assembly at Jingshan 77
54. A Thousand Mouths to Feed 78
55. The Harvest 78
56. Do Not Pass the Time in Vain 79
57. Grandpa Buddha 79
58. Raise Your Level of Insight 80
59. The Same as Always 80
60. The Bequest of Enlightenment 81
61. Then and Now 82
62. Come in out of the Rain 83
63. True Basis or Misguided Understanding 83
64. Buddha Ocean 84
65. The Solitary Lamp 84
66. Turn a Somersault 85
67. To the Old of the Mountain Stream 85
68. Three Dot Ox 86
69. The Buddhas of the Present 86
70. Sword Hall 87
71. Seeing off Zen Man Jinzhou 87
72. Pure Mountain Stream 87
73. Seeing off Xinfeian 88
74. Moon Pond 88
75. No Image 88
76. What a Perch 89
77. The Snow White Ox 89
78. The Iron Wall 89
79. Words to Open up Everyone Everywhere 89
80. What's in a Name 90
81. To Qian Yanshou of Tiantong 90
82. Reprinting a Zen Classic 91
83. Eulogy for a Dead Monk 91
84. Where Knowledge does not Reach 91
85. Verse at the Cremation of Senior Monk Qing 92
86. Verse for a Dead Man 92
87. Be Quick to Awaken 92
88. A Spring Tune 93
89. On the Pathways of Mind 93
90. Buddha Subduing Demons 94
91. The True Lifeline 95
92. A Thousand Times is not Too Much 95
93. Knowing Satisfaction 96
94. Returning Through the Clouds 96
95. The Smell of Sweat 96
96. Standing Out 97
97. One Root 97
98. Who are They? Who are We? 97
99. To a Monk Returning Home to Visit Sick Parents 98
100. Which is Which? 98
101. Coping with Reality 98
102. To a Lost Wanderer 99
103. It's Facing You 99
104. One Flavor Zen 99
105. Bequeathed to Whom? 99
106. Our Old Home 100
107. The Whole Face is Revealed 100
108. Lamentation for Master Wuzhun 100
109. Offering Tea for Elder Zhengjiao of Iron Stupa 101
110. Remembering the Enlightened Ancestors 101
111. Do You Want to See? 103
112. Under a Shadowless Tree 104
113. When the Lotus Opens 104
114. Flying Sparks 104
115. Close Continuity 105
116. Light as a Feather 105
117. Spirit Traces 106
118. Essays in the Void 106
119. A True Son 107
120. Right Now You Look Very Fiery 107
121. Look for No-place 108
122. In Flames of Fire 108
123. Subtle Touch 109
124. Grandpa's Gate 109
125. A True Seedling 110
126. Flying Above the Peaks 110
127. The Golden Lock Breaks Open 112
128. The Spring Wind Blows Him Away 113
129. Penetrate Through This Barrier 113
130. Let the Sparks Fly 114
131. Austerities 114
132. How to Plant the Bodhi Tree 115
133. Eulogy for a Princess 116
134. Eulogy for a Buddhist in Government 117
135. Field of the Immortals 119
136. Zen Uses of Literature 119
137. Who Does Not Have a Heart? 121
138. On the Lookout 121
139. What is Buddha? 122
140. The True Person Without Position 122
141. The Bridge 123
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