Tranlated via Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu Hongzhi -- the twelfth-century chinese language Zen grasp who used to be predecessor of the well-known thinker Dogen -- is widely known in Zen literature as certainly one of its so much artistically sleek stylists. He used to be the 1st to articulate silent illumination, the nondual objectless meditation in most cases identified to trendy Zen scholars as "just sitting." formerly to be had in English purely in scattered fragments, Hongzhi's influential educating is right here provided comprehensively, no longer as a old artifact, yet as a undying and encouraging consultant to non secular expertise within the modern international.
Taigen Daniel Leighton presents an informative creation that strains Hongzhi's existence, vital elements of his instructing, and his position within the Zen tradition.
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This objectless meditation goals at a thorough, sophisticated nondualism that doesn't clutch at any of the hugely refined differences to which our standard psychological workings are services and which estranges us from our event. Such subject-object dichotomization is known as man made, a fabrication. Silent illumination is additionally objectless within the experience of now not looking after particular constrained pursuits. the last word function of religious perform, universally woke up heart/mind, can't be set except our personal inherent being and our rapid, moment-to-moment wisdom. As Hongzhi emphasizes, the total perform rests at the religion, established in adventure, that the sphere of substantial brightness is ours from the outset. The practitioner’s exertion and commitment are dedicated to manifesting this final fact with fidelity correct in traditional lifestyles. Silent illumination is hence absolutely skilled in meditative contemplation, after which certainly expressed in honest compassionate habit on this planet. Hongzhi’s expression of silent illumination is the end result of a cosmopolitan Zen Buddhist instructing culture encouraged through the founders of the chinese language Caodong lineage (pronounced “tsow-dong”), later referred to as Sōtō in Japan. (Although Hongzhi was once chinese language, eastern phrases equivalent to “Zen” and “Sōtō ,” that are in general identified within the West, might be in most cases utilized in this paintings for the sake of readability. ) This chinese language Sōtō culture constructed a theoretical realizing in the course of the dialectic of perception into common fact and its interaction with the details of the exceptional international. A corresponding perform version used to be enacted with the dialectic among meditative introspection and of course acceptable job in way of life. Hongzhi’s perform directions are the sleek and refined expression of the sensible fruition of this custom. His paintings was once later elaborated and constructed in Japan through Zen grasp Dōgen and the Sōtō culture that derived from him. Hongzhi’s silent illumination is of serious relevance to modern religious seekers. His teachings are very important as a major resource for Dōgen, whose paintings continues to be hugely influential to Zen perform. much more, Hongzhi is effective as a lucid advisor, past any specific culture, to the subtleties of religious information and its existence on this planet. Hongzhi’s enormous luminous buddha box is the sphere of buddha nature, our inalienable endowment of knowledge. Hongzhi tells us tha this brilliant empty box, which lies immanent in us all, can under no circumstances be cultivated or artificially stronger. We needs to simply realize it and never enable our busy, mischievous considering and conditioning to intervene with our personal radiant readability. Hongzhi’s existence Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157) was once born in Xizhou in present-day Shanxi Province, to a kinfolk named Li. 1 even if Hongzhi, or “Vast Wisdom,” used to be a posthumous identify bestowed by means of the emperor, within the curiosity of readability and consistency it's used all through this paintings. in the course of his lifestyles he might were referred to as Zhengjue and later Tiantong Zhengjue; Zhengjue, “Correct (or precise) Awakening,” was once his monk ordination identify, and Tiantong used to be the mountain the place his temple stood.