The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment takes the reader to the next level of Zen practice, exploring some of the more subtle and sophisticated topics in Zen.
The first two parts of the book explore enlightenment and delusion: What is nature of enlightenement? What does it mean to describe enlightenment as sudden or gradual? What is the nature of delusion, and how can watch out for the particular delusion that masquerades as enlightenment? The third part looks at "enlightenment in action"what it means for someone to living and acting in order with the deep wisdom of enlightenment, and how we can practice learning "learning how to be satisfied" and enjoy serenity and transquility. The final section is a moving and powerful firsthand account of one woman's solitary realization of the deepest truthsa story that can become an inspiration for all of us. The contributors to this volume include some the pioneering masters who were seminal in helping Zen take firm root in American soil.
About the Author
Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi (1931-95) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher and roshi, and lineage holder in the Soto, Rinzai and Harada-Yasutani traditions of Zen. He combined the Rinzai use of koans and the Soto emphasis on shikantaza in his teachings, influenced by his years studying under Hakuun Yasutani in the Harada-Yasutani school. He founded or co-founded several institutions and practice centers, including the Zen Center of Los Angeles, White Plum Asanga, Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, and the Zen Mountain Monastery. Taizan Maezumi left behind twelve Dharma successors, appointed sixty-eight priests and gave Buddhist precepts to more than five hundred practitioners. Along with Zen teachers like Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, Seung Sahn Dae Soen Sa Nim, and Venerable Hsuan Hua, Maezumi greatly influenced the American Zen landscape. Several Dharma Successors of his-including Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, Dennis Merzel, John Daido Loori, Jan Chozen Bays, Gerry Shishin Wick, Charlotte Joko Beck, and William Nyogen Yeo-have gone on to found Zen communities of their own. Maezumi died unexpectedly while visiting Japan in 1995.
Bernard (Bernie) Tetsugen Glassman is a dharma heir to Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi. He is the founder of the Peacemaker Circle, the famous Greyston Mandala and the Greyston Bakery (featured on 60 Minutes). He is author of Infinite Circle and, with Jeff Bridges, The Dude and the Zen Master.
Chogyam Trungpa (1940-87), meditation master, teacher, and artist, founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
Table of Contents
Foreword to the First Edition Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche ix
Preface to the First Edition Bernie Tetsugen Glassman xiii
Editors' Preface to the Revised Edition Wendy Egyoku Nakao John Daishin Buksbazen xv
The Sound of Enlightenment Taizan Maezumi 3
Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment Taizan Maezumi 11
"Yunmen's Two Sicknesses": Case 11 of the Book of Equanimity Taizan Maezumi Dana Eraser 19
Sitting Down in the World of Enlightenment: Commentary on "Yunmen's Two Sicknesses" Hakuun Yasutani 21
"Ghosts in the Daylight": Commentary on the Capping Phrases Taizan Maezumi 29
Enlightenment in Action 39
"The Eight Awarenesses of the Enlightened Person": Dogen Zenji's Hachidainingaku Taizan Maezumi Francis Dojun Cook 41
Introduction to the Eight Awarenesses Taizan Maezumi 47
"Having Few Desires" 51
"Knowing How to Be Satisfied" 55
"Enjoying Serenity and Tranquility" 63
"Exerting Meticulous Effort" 71
"NotForgetting Right Thought" 79
"Practicing Samadhi" 85
"Cultivating Wisdom" 93
"Avoiding Idle Talk" 103
An Experience of Enlightenment 111
Editors' Preface to Part IV 113
An Experience of Enlightenment Flora Courtois 115
Meeting Flora Courtois Hakuun Yasutani 137
Effort and Intuition: The Sudden and the Gradual Reconsidered Neal Donner 141
Chinese-Japanese Name Glossary 165
About the Authors 174