The Pocket Zen Reader (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
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This miniature book presents a thousand years of Zen teaching for the modern reader in a way that preserves the dynamic flavor of these talks, sayings, and records of heart-to-heart encounters. From the earliest adepts to the last of the great masters, The Pocket Zen Reader is a pocket-sized compendium of Zen at its best. This collection is edited by Thomas Cleary, the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts.
feeling of doubt, it must be remembered that their attitude before enlightenment was thoroughly dissimilar from that of people today. If you taught people today not to make concentrated effort, every one of them would sit inside a web of delusions. An ancient said, “Relying on others to formulate understanding blocks the door of your own awakening.” The Scripture of Complete Enlightenment says, “If people in the degenerate age want to attain the Way, don’t make them seek enlightenment, for they
form, words and speech; words and speech are themselves the Great Way. You do not need to remove afflictions; afflictions are originally empty and null. Arbitrary feelings may wrap you up, but all are like shadows, like echoes; who knows what is bad, what good? If you consciously grasp forms as real, your insight into essence will surely be imperfect. If you deliberately perform works seeking Buddhahood, these works are major evidences of birth and death. While works of birth and death always
the river, suddenly awakens to find he’s been sleeping in bed, and has lost the way to ferry the boat. The boatman and the people he ferries over never know each other. Sentient beings, confused and bound up, come and go in the realms of desire, form, and abstraction, to the extremes of exhaustion. When they realize that life and death are like dreams, all their sense of seeking will spontaneously stop. Pao-chih VANITY HOW MANY ignorant people in the world try to seek the Way by means of the
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Vehicles, the Twelve Parts of the Teachings, the six generations of Grand Masters, and the teachers everywhere all shatter to smithereens in your eyes. If you cannot experience it, ahead is Mt. An, behind is Mt. Chu. Yun-fing ABSOLUTE AND RELATIVE WHEN THE absolute is absolute, it is incomplete; within completeness there is also the relative. When the relative is relative, it is not material; even within matter, completeness remains. Deep in the night, there’s the energy that brings on dawn;