By Taigen Dan Leighton
No matter if conversing of scholar or grasp, Zen hinges at the query. Zen perform doesn't unavoidably specialise in the solutions, yet on discovering an area within which we may possibly maintain uncertainty and stay current and upright in the midst of investigations.
Zen Questions starts off via exploring "The international of Zazen,"--the foundational perform of the Zen school--presenting it as an perspective of sustained inquiry that gives us an entryway into precise repose and pleasure. From there, Leighton attracts deeply on his personal adventure as a Zen pupil and instructor to ask us into the creativity of Zen expertise and perform.
He explores the poetic brain of Dogen with the poetry of Rumi, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, or even "the American Dharma Bard" Bob Dylan. What's extra, Leighton uncovers unbelievable resonances among the writings of America's Founding Fathers--including Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin--and the freeing beliefs on the middle of Zen.
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Just sitting, one simply meets the immediate present. Desiring some flashy experience, or anything more or other than “this,” is mere worldly vanity and craving. Again invoking empty nature, Hongzhi says, “Fully appreciate the emptiness of all dharmas. ”21 The Trap of Passivity This nonseeking quality of Hongzhi’s meditation eventually helped make it controversial. : Daie Sōkō). A popular historical stereotype is that Dahui and Hongzhi were rivals, debating over Hongzhi’s silent illumination meditation as opposed to Dahui’s koan introspection meditation.
All Zen ritual activity, at least ideally, does have some impact, or liberative effect, for the participants. On the other hand, attachment to the mere procedural forms of ritual, in which the forms are followed in a routinized, rote manner, is traditionally considered a hindrance to practice. Nonattachment or not clinging is a primary feature of Dōgen’s practicerealization. Such clinging would be to neglect rather than to protect and care for practice-realization. Practice marked by pursuit or attainment of enlightenment can become a form of spiritual materialism or greed.
It is not that through zazen eventually there will be some transformation. That would be our habitual, acquisitive way of thinking, which arises because of how we have been conditioned by culture and language and family dynamics. Habitual patterns lead to thinking that if you do zazen now, then eventually, later on, you will achieve this transformation. But actually, the transformative function is happening in each moment of awareness. zazen mind and transformative function 19 How does this transformation develop?
Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry by Taigen Dan Leighton