By Hongzhi Zhengjue
First to articulate the meditation strategy recognized to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is among the so much influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the one such quantity on hand in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and gorgeous literary present. as well as dozens of Hongzhi's non secular poems, translator Daniel Leighton bargains a longer creation, putting the master's paintings in its old context , in addition to lineage charts and different information regarding the chinese language impression on eastern Soto Zen.
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To say the least, love ceased to be an essential ingredient of man’s self-realization. This was indeed unavoidable, for whereas freedom and equality can maintain their identity (although in the rather paltry guise of “liberty” and “equal rights”) in spite of the transition from the religious to the irreligious or secular way of living, this is not the case with love. For in this transition, love undergoes a qualitative change. In Christian terms agape is transformed into eros. Religious love (agape) is so particular to religion that the separation of the self-realization of man from his religious background required a motive apart from love.
But this love never assumed the essential dynamism to break through the boundaries and enclosures of the ego; it did not succeed in becoming—as did the assertions of liberty and equality—a driving force in the formation of societies and individuals. This points to the phenomenon which underlies one of the critical problems that besets the modern world: man’s self-realization as the self-realization of ego. The reason why the self-realization of man in the modern West took this particular form is that, before this event, the religious (in this case Christian) outlook of man had been dogmatically God-centered in such a manner as to make it impossible for human autonomy to function fully.
In reality, however, these two aspects cannot be separated so simply. qxd 1/7/2004 3:41 PM Page 13 The Awakening of Self in Buddhism Many “progressives” in this country, for instance, hold that the present crisis surrounding atomic warfare is a result of modern capitalism, which obstructs the inevitable course of history, or especially, of international monopoly capitalism’s imperialism. They believe that the only way to overcome the crisis lies in a social revolution. But is this really so? Is it not rather that the crisis is not to be blamed on capitalist society alone, but is caused equally by the very thought that the crisis must be blamed exclusively on the capitalist system?