Amazing Living Beings

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Amazing Living Beings


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

Translated by Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu


The Art of Just Sitting
2nd Edition: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

Our house is a single field, clean, vast, and lustrous, clearly self-illuminated. When the spirit is vacant without conditions, when awareness is serene without cogitation, then buddhas and ancestors appear and disappear transforming the world. Amid living beings is the original place of nirvana. How amazing it is that all people have this but cannot polish it into bright clarity. In darkness unawakened, they make foolishness cover their wisdom.

One remembrance of illumination can break through and leap out of the dust of kalpas. Radiant and clear white, the single field cannot be diverted or altered. Solitary glory is deeply preserved, enduring throughout ancient and present times, as the merging of sameness and difference becomes the entire creation’s mother.

This realm manifests the energy of the many thousands of beings, all appearances merely this field’s shadows. Truly embody this reality.

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