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The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind Paperback – January 18, 1994
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embraces everything in the phenomenal universe.
Zen is sometimes regarded as an 'obscure' doctrine, but Huang P'o sermons have a refreshing sense of focus. Skirting the boundaries of what is virtually indescribable, he necessarily ends up uttering paradoxes - sometimes paradox -within-paradox, within paradox - and yet, in such a way that it actually brings focus, 'jiggling' the mind out of its habitual tendency to cling to dualities and contraries. In short, it resumes its inherent condition. We don't 'do' it - 'IT' does itself. All we have to do - is to get out of the way.
Thus, Huang P'o's 'direct pointing to the Mind.'This is Zen as it was originally taught, before all the wrangling about 'fixed koans' and answers - or getting stuck with 'just sitting.'Huang P'o speaks with unshakeable conviction that we can AWAKEN RIGHT NOW - if we look into what he is saying. He doesn't want to tie anyone up. It has to be 'your own thing' - nobody else can do it for you. This is squeaky clean Dharma!
P.S Besides the Huang-Po material, Blofeld also translated
Hui-hai's 'Treatise on Entering the Gate to Sudden
Enlightenment.' Between them, these two Zen 'sermons'
represent some of most lucid expositions of Zen - ever
set down in writing. They posess astonishing focus and
compression, without a wasted word.
Don't be put off by its compression.
This book was translated by John Blofield in the 1950s and appears to remain the only English translation. I'd love to know what happened to Blofield, who apparently was living in Thailand at the time he translated the work.
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Timeless book with insightful ,relevant and pertinent information. Very glad I bought it.Published 1 month ago by J. Scott
You want the true Zen flavor, check this book out! Short, succinct, cuts to the quick. And very damning to the pomp and circumstance syncretism going on at the time in Buddhism.Published 1 month ago by Quickdraw
I have a hardback version but it is indeed a Great Pearl. This is the de facto standard masterpiece of Buddhism: In two sections we are repeatedly reminded that insisting upon... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth R Atwood
My favorite - Hung Po is magnificent and Blofeld is masterfulPublished 1 month ago by Charles Saunders
Personally, the best source of pure enlightenment connection available in written form.Published 2 months ago by Larry Ingerling
This book could be a real treasure for those few who are intuitively ready for the highest teachings as for example represented by the Dzogchen teachings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mahipal
Huang Po was one of the great Zen Patriarchs. Read the book if you are a serious Zen student.Published 4 months ago by Klatu
If Mǎzŭ Dàoyī was the 7th Patriarch then Huángbò Xīyùn is the 8th Patriarch! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer