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By J. C. Cleary

This booklet specializes in the lessons of 13th-century chinese language Zen grasp Shiqui Xinyue. The koans, tales, and poems of the Zen grasp observed by way of explanatory notes from the editor contain the majority of the textual content, that is preceded through an inadequately short old evaluation of chinese language Buddhism. these looking extra entire details may be instructed towards Arthur F. Wright's Buddhism in chinese language heritage (Stanford Univ. Pr., 1971). additionally, the editor doesn't identify the categorical resource rfile for his translation, easily calling it a "collection of Zen teachings." even though, the 141 anecdotal teachings are in transparent, concise English and the explanatory notes support with the paradoxical statements and allusions.

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Two thousand years ago, ten thousand miles away— it’s all here now. W herever we step is our home mountain. W hatever strikes our ears and eyes is our one true self. The hundreds and thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of millions [of different things] are all our one intimate retinue. The many and varied teachers we have learned from are all our one enlightened teacher. From the first, there has never been any difference between China and India, between this and that. How could there be any difference between Wu and Shu [opposite ends of China], between going or coming?

Si. NOTES "Trailing vines” Verbal explanations of the inconceivable Buddha Dharma; attempted rationalizations, which, like trailing vines, tend to spread out endlessly, reaching no real conclusion. 7: There is no other road (To Zhao Jiyan) Zhao Jiyan of Guanghan has brought rigor to the declining discipline in the garden of the Zen ancestors. Now he suddenly talks of returning home, and I forcefully try to keep him from leaving. So I quote for him what Prajnatara, the Twenty-Seventh Patriarch of Zen in India, said [to his successor, Bodhidharma]: “Though China is broad, there is no other road.

Using unsettling metaphors and apparent paradoxes, the public cases cryptically encode various aspects of the message of the Buddha Dharma. They are abstract structures containing basic lessons, and serve as signposts pointing to the truth from all directions. By the time of Shiqi, there were several famous collections of meditation cases in circulation in the Zen communities. The famous gong-an were indeed 'public cases’, well known in Zen circles, with accumulating layers of prose and verse commentaries and added remarks.

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