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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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If you on the path to enlightenment The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind is a must read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Anthony
Huang-Po comes across a bit more "accessible" than many of the other masters do. His main teaching (mostly to do with theoretical/analytical thinking) come across very... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James S. Ayers
I found this book to be excellent and to the point. It really speaks to me. I've read many passages over and over again. Beware however, this contains sermons of Zen (a.k.a. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Byron Dom
This book cuts to the core of the essence of Buddhism. It removes religious practices, discursive thought, and even suggests that meditation is only good to a certain point. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Damien Hegger
My attempting this book was a mistake. I gave up on it, and donated my copy to a charity bookstore. As a beginner, I was way out of my depth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judy Roberts
I would consider myself an above average student of Taoism/Zen Buddhism (Lao Tzu, Lieh Tzu, numerous Cleary translations, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Russell Standridge
Fantastic very very enlightening. Searchers This is a must !!!Published 5 months ago by amanda glaeser