By Thomas Cleary
This miniature e-book provides 1000 years of Zen instructing for the fashionable reader in a manner that preserves the dynamic taste of those talks, sayings, and documents of heart-to-heart encounters. From the earliest adepts to the final of the nice masters, The Pocket Zen Reader is a pocket-sized compendium of Zen at its top. This assortment is edited via Thomas Cleary, the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts.
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Ying-an VERBAL TEACHINGS THE VERBAL teachings of Buddhas and Zen masters that experience come down from the earlier are like bits of tile used to knock on a door; it's a topic of expediency that we use them as entrances into fact. For a few years now, scholars haven't been attending to the foundation of the purpose of Zen, as a substitute taking the verbal teachings of Buddhas and Zen masters to be the final word rule. that's like ignoring 100000 natural transparent oceans and merely focusing realization on a unmarried bubble. Ying-an the way in which OF BUDDHAS AND ZEN MASTERS the way in which of Buddhas and Zen masters is open as cosmic house, mammoth because the ocean—how can careless mediocrities inform of it? and the way can or not it's measured like ft and inches, or calculated like thatch? simply these of serious colleges, nice potential, and nice strength, exerting nice depth, stomp during the place no longer a unmarried idea has arisen, now not a unmarried bubble has emerged, after that sitting and reclining at the heads of the Buddhas and Zen masters. merely then have they got slightly of consciousness. Hsueh-yen ACT ON fact IN studying this course, it is just very important to stroll at the genuine floor, to behave at the foundation of fact. The slightest phoniness, and also you fall into the area of demons. in case your imaginative and prescient is completely transparent and also you are usually not harassed by way of gadgets twenty-four hours an afternoon, then you definitely achieve energy. in the event that your imaginative and prescient doesn't penetrate freely, how will you do what's past degree? An historical stated, “Even if there's something past nirvana, I say it too is sort of a dream phantasm. ” in the event that your personal eyes will not be but open, how will you comprehend? The behavior of these transcendent humans is like diamond flames, like a raging fire—there isn't any approach that you can get close to. it isn't forcibly contrived; it's so via nature. Liao-an ACQUIESCENCE each element you discover impenetrable within the realm of labor at the manner is simply your individual brain making hindrances. If this brain may acquiesce thoroughly, you will arrive on the level of Buddhas and Zen masters instantly, and there will be not anything supposedly obstructing you any longer. the ideal angle for learning the way in which is simply entire spontaneous acquiescence. Who cares even if it takes twenty or thirty years—you’ll be certainly at peace, with no the slightest little bit of doubt or confusion. How can there be any obstruction back after spontaneous acquiescence? How can an individual arrive in terms of externals? Ming-pen ONE resource, related objective eventually, WHY may still those that push aside the weeds trying to find the best way unavoidably be troubled with the cycle of delivery and demise? it truly is necessary to make clear the single reality that's sooner than “sentient beings” and “Buddhas. ” for those who attempt to search for it in quietude, it is going and crouches in clamor; should you search for it in clamor, then it stands in quietude. for you to position it within the realm of nothingness, but it's a residing factor. how will you get it? for those who enable motion and stillness circulate from one resource, and follow the traditional and the fashionable to an identical target, sprucing and refining many times, with out getting hung up over the time it will probably take, then obviously the fall water becomes nonetheless, and the golden waves will all of sudden look, shining during the mountains, rivers, and earth, the myriad differences and hundreds of thousands of ameliorations.