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Comments on Master Hongzhi's Cultivating the Empty Field, 2: The Bright, Boundless FieldMain Source(s): Cultivating the Empty Field, The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi, translated by Taigen Daniel Leighton with Yi Wu. What Is This? Ancient Questions for modern minds by Martine and Stephen Batchelor Being Black, Zen and the Art of Living …
 
Sometimes silence, so valued by us as students of Zen, is not enough. Of course all lives matter, but we need to affirm aloud that black and brown lives matter, as they are often devalued, disregarded and outright destroyed. If we are white we need to work at becoming aware of the privileges we enjoy as a result of present and historical colonisati…
 
Master Wansong comments on this story, "When the ancients were about to go, they frolicked in the realm of old age, sickness and death." How do you frolic in old age, sickness and death? Watch Master Dong Shan play like a dragon with his pearl and learn about the struggle and careful attention that lay behind his great freedom.…
 
Continuing on from the previous teisho, more on working with our darkest thoughts, especially tanha vibhava the craving for non-existence, aka the "pot of loathing". Plus four perspectives on our response to suffering.Main Text(s) quoted: The Transformative Power of Crisis by Robert M. Alter with Jane Alter, Harper Collins NY 2000…
 
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