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Comment: VERY TIGHT & CLEAN Paperback of Sayings and Doings of Pai-chang, Ch'an Master of Great Wisdom (Zen writings series) Translated by Thomas Cleary, exactly as pictured on this listing. NOT a remainder and NOT a library book. Bookseller price in pencil on first page. Otherwise, No markings Inside and Out. Some shelf wear to cover, but this is a very nice with fresh, clean pages and really tight binding. This is an important Zen book. You won't regret having it. I have one copy. Shipped immediately by me personally from Florida. Thank you
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  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Center Publications (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916820106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916820107
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Ronald W. Ryan on December 20, 2014
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To these humble eyes, the most sophisticated book on Zen I ever read, and I have a suspicion that it was the best ever published. To me it presented the most advanced explanation of what I believe was an important aim of published books on Zen. I can't claim any inside knowledge nor confirmation from an authority. But I believe they were trying to teach people to be better equipped to deal with and utilize paradox. One will be continuously blocked in their thinking, and hassled by their own mind, until they see, and have no problem with the fact, that paradox is all around us and our constant companion. To be able to hold mutually exclusive truths in the mind at the same time with ease. To be able to see that many things, if not all things, are both true and false at the same time. To be able to agree and disagree, hold no opinion, and neither agree nor disagree, nor to hold no opinion, on the same subject matter, proposition or position. Transcending mind on our way, presumably, to enlightenment, or at least a more enlightened state.
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Baizhang Huaihai (Pai-chang Huai-hai), 720-814, was an extremely important early Zen master in Tang dynasty China. He was a dharma heir of Mazu Daoyi. Huangbo Xiyun was a disciple of Baizhang and teacher of Linji Yizuan, who went on to found what is now the Rinzai school of Zen. Baizhang is credited with establishing a set of rules for Zen monasteries, and the practice of monks growing their own food. He is famous for his, “A day without work is a day without eating” dictum. His Zen teachings focused on practicing in the present, independent freedom, individual discovery, and not relying on doctrine, or intellectual comprehension. A few cases in “The Blue Cliff Record” are from Baizhang. Thomas Cleary’s translation provides a wealth of material from the talks and conversations of Baizhang, and probably the best English language source for this important Zen master. I highly recommend this book.
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if you empty emptiness you come back to mind. emptiness directly points towards seeing/awareness. awareness is empty. it is because the eyes and ears are empty that they see.

awareness and emptiness are one. form and emptiness are one.

perhaps the secret is not to be attached to that awareness or emptiness. that is true emptiness. detachment is true emptiness.

Pai Chang/Baizhang said the following:
"To speak of the mirror awareness is still not really right; by way of the impure, discern the pure. If you say the immediate mirror awareness is correct, or that there is something else beyond the mirror awareness, this is all delusion. If you keep dwelling in the immediate mirror awareness, this too is the same as delusion; it is called the mistake of naturalism. [p33 The Extensive record, included within Thomas Cleary's "Sayings and Doing of Pai Chang" 1978 Center Publications [a wonderful book]

"Letting go of knowledge in the midst of knowing is like the subtle within the subtle. This is the sphere of the enlightened ones, whence you really come to know; this is called the pinnacle of meditation, the king of meditation."[p43 Sayings and Doings of Pai Chang]

another clear pointer towards detachment is in the following Pai Chang quote:
"In Mahayana, maha means "great" and "yana" means vehicle. If you hold fast to your own inherent knowing and awareness, you too will become a naturalistic heretic. Do not remain in your immediate mirror awareness, but do not seek enlightenment elsewhere." [p 63. Sayings and Doings of Pai Chang]

what is it?... it is not even emptiness, saying this you see true emptiness. seeing true emptiness you see what is right infront of you right now.

"Right now, you have it if you have it.
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