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Excellent, but requires a little contemplation as you move along it is easy to skim over rather profound phrases Highly recommended and as it is rather short it is easy to get through or carry around Sort of like the Heart Sutra short, but hard to peirce through easily. ZEN TEACHING OF HUANG PO is great remedy for all intellectual Buddhists and for all who wish to know themeselves better I was reading it around 1986 for the first time and caused some Awakening in me just by reading it carefully.For me the most important sentence in the book is about the SOUND OF TATHAGATHAS Those who wish to understand true connection of Dzogchen with Chan must read this precious book. This guy didn t mess around He stripped absolutely everything away and got to the cold infinite essence of mind This is pure Zen Nothing cozy or blissfully navel gazing about it. This is a must read Incredible Another relatively short, but also precise and powerful, piece of classic Zen If memory serves, the original version of this book was one of the texts John Cage picked up on when he was first discovering Buddhism generally and Zen in particular It is essentially QA between master and students, with some lecture material to preface it, and it s not hard to see how Cage borrowed the didactic format for some of his own lectures and writings I m not too sure about this being used as an introductory text it s probably better thought of as a 200 level reading Blofeld s translation style might also bug some people although I was used to it from some of his other works But it s not hard to see why it s become a staple presence on shelves.
Typically most books have the aim to transmit knowledge from one mind to another But not this book This book is different This book aims to transmit No Mind to No Mind The writings of Huang Po are aimed at deconstructing dualities in reality through language There is only one way to get to the other side where there are no sides and that is to unlearn everything we know about our sides The we feel, the further away we are from IT,The we see, the further away we are from IT,The we think, the further away we are from IT.And thus feel not, see not, and think not, for everything exists beyond the six vehicles of illusion Some excerpts I enjoyed That which is before you is it Begin to reason about it and you will at once fall into error Only when you have understood this will you perceive your oneness with the original Buddha nature.Thus Mind is transmitted with Mind and these Minds do not differ Transmitting and receiving transmission are both a most difficult kind of mysterious understanding, so that few indeed have been able to receive it In fact, however, Mind is not Mind and transmission is not really transmission.Not to seek is to rest tranquil Who told you to eliminate anything Look at the void in front of your eyes How can you produce it or eliminate it Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath.THE FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINE OF THE DHARMA IS THAT THERE ARE NO DHARMAS, YET THAT THIS DOCTRINE OF NO DHARMA IS IN ITSELF A DHARMA AND NOW THAT THE NO DHARMA DOCTRINE HAS BEEN TRANSMITTED, HOW CAN THE DOCTRINE OF THE DHARMA BE A DHARMANevertheless, when true understanding and ephemeral knowledge are properly integrated, it will be found that they no longer exist.In reality, there is nothing to be grasped perceived, attained, conceived, etc even not grasping cannot be grasped So it is said There is NOTHING to be grasped We simply teach you how to understand your original Mind. Huang Po is one of the most influential of the Chinese Zen masters and translater John Blofield, one of the scholars responsible for introducing Zen to the West, has done an admirable job with this compilation of sermons and anecdotes Unlike the Buddhist traditions associated with the Hinayana School, Zen a part of the broader Mahayana tradition which developed as Buddhism spread from India to China and Japan says that enlightenment comes in a flash, not as the result of study and discipline This creates interesting dilemmas for students and teachers, since the primary teaching is something like this can t be taught Huang Po repeatedly cautions his questioners against allowing concepts and strivings, including the striving for freedom from concepts, interfere with the state where all of the distinctions vanish The difficulties involved with translating this engagement with the untranslatable are both immense and a bit amusing Any translation from Chinese is going to fill in numerous gaps the ideograms sit next to each other, but there s a ton of room for projecting different sorts of connections Blofield is well aware of this The introduction includes a self reflective discussion of why he chooses to translate the term which refers to the unexpressable unity as Mind In a first stab at the translation, he d used Universal I m a bit curious as to why he didn t go with Tao, which invokes fewer interfering concepts for western readers In several footnotes, Blofield comments on how similar Huang Po s approach is to those of Taoist masters like Lao Tze I m guessing he avoided Tao because he wanted to emphasize properly enough Huang Po s grounding in the Buddhist tradition, which carries with it its own vocabularies and logics.I m of two minds about Blofield s decisions to include parenthetical glosses of tricky terms in the text itself and to place footnotes at the bottom of each page There s a long tradition of presenting Buddhist and Taoist texts with commentary, but I think I prefer Thomas Cleary s approach of placing them in a separate section following the text Blofield s practice does give a clear sense of the complexities behind and within each of the sermons, but it also makes it even difficult to escape the abstractions and conceptualizations Huang Po resists.At this point, I can see Huang Po bopping me on the head to jar me out of my own head cloud, smile.Main point is that this is a cool book one that had a big impact on the Beat Generation s understanding of Zen and that anyone interested in the dharma should put it high on their list. I consider this book one of the basics for those interested inthe history of Buddhist thought in Tang Dynasty China Blofeld s translation is for the most part clear and in my opinion accurate I would question though his interpretation of the Chinese termwu hsin lit no mind as freedom from or absence of conceptual thought I think the term has to do with freedom from egotism and the absence of egocentric thought But so long as I bear that in mind, I find this book a clear statement of Huang Po s teachings It s one of those books I ve had to buy twice having worn out the first paperback copy I bought I own it in the Kindle edition too. Nothing is born, nothing is destroyed Away with your dualism, your likes and dislikes Every single thing is just the One Mind When you have perceived this, you will have mounted the Chariot of the Buddhas Huang Po ^READ PDF ⇔ Ching-te ch’üan-teng lu ⇺ This Complete Translation Of The Original Collection Of Sermons, Dialogues, And Anecdotes Of Huang Po, The Illustrious Chinese Master Of The Tang Dynasty, Allows The Western Reader To Gain An Understanding Of Zen From The Original Source, One Of The Key Works In Its Teachings It Also Offers Deep And Often Startling Insights Into The Rich Treasures Of Eastern Thought Nowhere Is The Use Of Paradox In Zen Illustrated Better Than In The Teaching Of Huang Po, Who Shows How The Experience Of Intuitive Knowledge That Reveals To A Man What He Is Cannot Be Communicated By Words With The Help Of These Paradoxes, Beautifully And Simply Presented In This Collection, Huang Po Could Set His Disciples On The Right Path It Is In This Fashion That The Zen Master Leads His Listener Into Truth, Often By A Single Phrase Designed To Destroy His Particular Demon Of Ignorance