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Buddhism in the Sung Paperback – November 1, 2002
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I believe Tahui was very critical with silent illumination in the fact that may practitioners were involved with Buji zen. In other words the idea that since the great way is effortless, I do not need to make an effort. And that's just not the case because the autonomous mind is effortless as well, and without making an effort to not follow it, you will fall deeper into delusion. Hongzhi's main emphasis is on Shikantaza which is holding a state of non distracted awareness with no object whereas Tahui is holding an object (or koan) in a non distracted state. In both cases they are non distracted. While the experience is always instantaneous the actualization is always gradual. This is the case in both the "northern" and "southern" schools.
Helpful Buddhist, non-Buddhist, political and social context provided throughout.
Not a light read. Extremely dense.
This is a scholarly work aimed at students of the history of Chinese/Chan/Zen, not an introduction to these traditions or some kind of practitioner's handbook.