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The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind Paperback – January 18, 1994
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The authors on Buddhism whom I've found most helpful for someone at my stage have been Stephen Levine (Gradual Awakening) and Ezra Bayda (Being Zen and Zen Heart). I recommend them very highly to fellow beginners. They share a simple, practical, down to earth, authentic style that I find accessible and inspiring.
This is not a criticism of Huang Po, who evidently is a brilliant author for the reader who is ready. Rather, I'm sharing my experience for the potential benefit of my fellow beginners.
It's difficult to know how many stars to assign to a book that didn't work out -- at least not at this time -- when the "deficiency" (if that's the appropriate word) is in the reader rather than the author. In the right hands, the book no doubt deserves every star there is to give.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
because I liked it. That should be a good enough review.....
Don't you think?