ISBN-10: 0834830183

ISBN-13: 9780834830189

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1997

For all its emphasis at the direct adventure on perception with no reliance at the items of the mind, the Zen culture has created a massive physique of writings. Of this solid literature, the writings linked to the so-called Five homes of Zen are commonly thought of to be preeminent.

These 5 Houses—which arose in China through the 9th and 10th centuries, also known as the Golden Age of Zen—were no longer faculties or sects yet sorts of Zen instructing represented by way of one of the most awesome masters in Zen historical past. The writing of those nice Zen lecturers are offered right here, many translated for the 1st time.

These comprise:
   •  The sayings of Pai-chang, well-known for his Zen dictum "A break day, an afternoon with out food."
   •  decisions from Kuei-shan's number of Zen admonitions, thought of crucial examining by way of a number of Buddhist academics.
   •  Sun-chi's targeted dialogue of the interior which means of the round image in Zen educating.
   •  Sayings of Huang-po from The crucial approach to Transmission of brain.
   •  Excerpts from The list of Lin-chi , an exceptional classical textual content of Zen literature.
   •  Ts'ao-shan's presentation of the well-known instructing equipment referred to as the 5 Ranks.
   •  choices of poetry from the Cascade assortment by way of Hsueh-tou, well known for his poetic commentaries at the vintage Blue Cliff list.
   •  Yung-ming's teachings on find out how to stability the 2 simple elements of meditation: focus and perception.

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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.

Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....

It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.

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