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 famous as one of many maximum masters of the music dynasty Zen renaissance in China. Returning to the simple genuineness of the unique and classical Zen masters, Foyan deals many easy workouts in cognizance and concept designed to guide to the awakening of Zen perception into the true nature of the self. those succinct teachings emphasize independence and autonomy, and convey us how you can open our personal eyes and stand on our personal ft, to determine without delay with out fable and act on fact with out confusion.

Translator Thomas Cleary presents an incisive advent and wide references from conventional Zen resources, putting the paintings in either ancient and modern contexts. rookies to Zen will locate this e-book an invaluable and complex advent to genuine internal Zen practices from an impeccable resource, with no cultural exoticism or non secular cultism. quick Zen sheds new mild in this very important culture, making on hand the immediacy of Zen perform and unveiling our innate strength for unsleeping awakening.

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Those who attain enlightenment do not see walking when they walk, and do not ste sitting when they sit. ” How can we say we are as if blind and deaf? When we hear sound, there is no sound to be heard; when we see form, there is no form to be seen. What we see and hear is all equivalent to an echo. It is like seeing all sorts of things in a dream— is there all that when you wake up? If you say yes, yet there’s only the blanket and pillow on the bed; if you say no, yet all those things are clearly registered in your mind, and you can tell what they were.

Now they go in, side by side, unknown to anyone. Strange! Tell me, how is it when they run into each, other? It is like Zen practitioners working: today they realize a little bit, tomorrow they find out a little bit, and they keep on investigat­ ing until one day it becomes evident to them. This is like that encounter at the gate of the capjtal city. This is called awaken­ ing, or breakthrough, or discovery. You must attain this at least once; only then can it be said that the task of the journey is done.

By a bit of understanding, they have blocked themselves off. One can only investigate comprehensively through experience; one cannot understand just by intellectual interpre­ tation. ( nce you have comprehended thoroughly with unified comprehension, you will no longer doubt. I n a n c ie n t tim es 3 16 Nevertheless, this is not easy to maintain. If you have entered into it correctly, you will not backslide. Thus, even if you have clarified what can be understood, that is not comparable to see­ ing what cannot be understood and also having the ability to maintain it.

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