Instant Zen: Waking Up in the Present by Thomas Cleary

By Thomas Cleary

Instant Zen provides the lessons of Foyan, a twelfth-century chinese language Zen grasp well-known as one of many maximum masters of the track dynasty Zen renaissance in China. Returning to the simple genuineness of the unique and classical Zen masters, Foyan deals many easy routines in realization and inspiration designed to guide to the awakening of Zen perception into the genuine nature of the self. those succinct teachings emphasize independence and autonomy, and exhibit us easy methods to open our personal eyes and stand on our personal toes, to determine without delay with no fantasy and act on fact with out confusion.

Translator Thomas Cleary presents an incisive creation and large references from conventional Zen assets, putting the paintings in either ancient and modern contexts. beginners to Zen will locate this ebook an invaluable and complicated creation to real internal Zen practices from an impeccable resource, with no cultural exoticism or spiritual cultism. rapid Zen sheds new gentle in this very important culture, making to be had the immediacy of Zen perform and unveiling our innate strength for unsleeping awakening.

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Your mind is also like this; its light shines perceptively through­ out the ten directions, encompassing all things, so why does it not know itself? Do you want to understand? Just discern the things perceived; you cannot see the mind itself. ” This is true reality. e t me g iv e 38 Seeing Through © ou p eo p le h a v e been standing here for quite a while; have you seen a single real teacher yet? Don’t keep on standing there for nothing. I am only what I call a provisional elder. ” What is Shakyamuni the Buddha?

This is a feahn apart from thoughts. ° Now if I sa^this to people, they think I am criticizing every­ one else, but if I do not talk about it, it will be hard to elucidate. Zen teachers of a certain type say to people, “ Fools! N the stump. They pass it on this way, and it is taken up this way, knocking on their chairs and holding up their whisks. This is called trying to use the mind by means of the mind. There is another type of Zen teacher who tells people not to make logical assessments, that they lose contact the minute they speak, and should recognize the primordial.

I say, if you understand all this thirty years from now, you will reafizfthat I did tell you. ” If you dp, that is caHttJthe view of an outsider. W h y d o n ’t y o u 27 Asleep you are questioned and cannot speak, where is the fault? It is generally because of seeing forms where there is no form, hearing a voice where there is nothing said, forcing rationalizations where there is no reason, asserting con­ trol where there is no control. ” Why? Just because mind is still there; so you cannot speak.

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