The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind

The Zen Teaching of Huang Po On the Transmission of Mind This complete translation of the original collection of sermons dialogues and anecdotes of Huang Po the illustrious Chinese master of the Tang Dynasty allows the Western reader to gain an understa

  • Title: The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind
  • Author: Huang Po John Blofeld P'ei Hsiu
  • ISBN: 9780802150929
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • This complete translation of the original collection of sermons, dialogues, and anecdotes of Huang Po, the illustrious Chinese master of the Tang Dynasty, allows the Western reader to gain an understanding of Zen from the original source, one of the key works in its teachings it also offers deep and often startling insights into the rich treasures of Eastern thought NowhThis complete translation of the original collection of sermons, dialogues, and anecdotes of Huang Po, the illustrious Chinese master of the Tang Dynasty, allows the Western reader to gain an understanding of Zen from the original source, one of the key works in its teachings it also offers deep and often startling insights into the rich treasures of Eastern thought Nowhere is the use of paradox in Zen illustrated better than in the teaching of Huang Po, who shows how the experience of intuitive knowledge that reveals to a man what he is cannot be communicated by words With the help of these paradoxes, beautifully and simply presented in this collection, Huang Po could set his disciples on the right path It is in this fashion that the Zen master leads his listener into truth, often by a single phrase designed to destroy his particular demon of ignorance.

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    1. Like a mythical 1000 layer-fold Katana sword, this book not only pierces the veil of illusion, but shreds the shit outta it! Thus leaving a gaping hole in your mind so wide, Reality (One Mind) has no choice but to flow through you. With that being said, please take note that all of my words are relative, because we aren't communicating directly soul to soul. You're reading my relative thoughts conveyed through relative language filtered through your relative mind. Living in this relative, dualis [...]

    2. Nothing is born, nothing is destroyed. Away with your dualism, your likes and dislikes. Every single thing is just the One Mind. When you have perceived this, you will have mounted the Chariot of the Buddhas. -- Huang Po

    3. This guy didn't mess around. He stripped absolutely everything away and got to the cold infinite essence of mind. This is pure Zen. Nothing cozy or blissfully navel-gazing about it.

    4. ZEN TEACHING OF HUANG PO is great remedy for all intellectual Buddhists and for all who wish to know themeselves better. I was reading it around 1986 for the first time and caused some Awakening in me just by reading it carefully .For me the most important sentence in the book is about the SOUND OF TATHAGATHAS . Those who wish to understand true connection of Dzogchen with Chan must read this precious book .

    5. Another relatively short, but also precise and powerful, piece of classic Zen. If memory serves, the original version of this book was one of the texts John Cage picked up on when he was first discovering Buddhism generally and Zen in particular. It is essentially Q&A between master and students, with some lecture material to preface it, and it's not hard to see how Cage borrowed the didactic format for some of his own lectures and writings. I'm not too sure about this being used as an intro [...]

    6. Huang Po is one of the most influential of the Chinese Zen masters and translater John Blofield, one of the scholars responsible for introducing Zen to the West, has done an admirable job with this compilation of sermons and anecdotes. Unlike the Buddhist traditions associated with the Hinayana School, Zen (a part of the broader Mahayana tradition which developed as Buddhism spread from India to China and Japan) says that enlightenment comes in a flash, not as the result of study and discipline. [...]

    7. I consider this book one of the basics for those interested inthe history of Buddhist thought in Tang Dynasty China. Blofeld's translation is for the most part clear and (in my opinion) accurate. I would question though his interpretation of the Chinese termwu hsin -- lit. "no mind"-- as freedom from or absence of conceptual thought. I think the term has more to do with freedom from egotism and the absence of egocentric thought. But so long as I bear that in mind, I find this book a clear statem [...]

    8. Excellent, but requires a little contemplation as you move along - it is easy to skim over rather profound phrases. Highly recommended and as it is rather short it is easy to get through or carry around. Sort of like the Heart Sutra - short, but hard to peirce through easily.

    9. A classic devoted to the recorded teachings of the very important 8th century Ch'an Buddhist lineage master Huang Po. Huang Po strips the Buddhist teachings down to the bare essentials. A must read for serious Zen Buddhists.

    10. Quite simply the best Zen book out there. It cuts right to the heart of the matter and is often breath-takingly, mind-expandingly illuminating. Thoroughly recommended reading for everyone.

    11. Huang Po: "Cease all conceptual thought"Me: "Why am I still reading this if I'm supposed to cease all conceptual thought?"*keeps reading*

    12. "I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that nothing ever happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-en [...]

    13. Had originally read this in 1984 when I was in the Army in Germany. It confused, and intrigued me, but I wasn't ready to spend any time on delving into its secrets. It wasn't until almost 20 years later that I came across reference to it, and had to have a copy for myself.It is a difficult read; no doubt about it. I have read over and over at different stages of my life and sometimes it is clear, and others I am left scratching my head. But you can't expect that something translated from pieced [...]

    14. Dense, hard to comprehend, and at points repetitive. That being said, the organizational style (question and answer format) and prose-like writing of the book make it enjoyable. Would I read it again? Probably not. If you're looking to read something about Zen, but not this, I recommend The Expert, a short story by Nakashima Tom.

    15. God, it took me forever to read this, but it was worth it. Reading 50 pages on zen practice is like reading 1,000 pages of historyor something. I don't know. Intense mind-labor. Probably I wasn't very zen in my approach, just letting the information be, trying too hard to manipulate it into my understanding. But I'm a control freak. That's why I find these concepts difficult. :)

    16. Slim and tasty, but very rich/dense. I found it through Paul Hedderman, who says it's his favorite book on nonduality. I'm more partial to the meandering and accessible Nisargadatta, which I've settled on just starting anew as I finish it each time. But hey, that's why there are different teachers: we each hear at slightly different frequencies.

    17. This book is an essential text on Zazen; or seeing into one's true nature. It is essentially a book about the necessity for practice and not talking about zazen. The translation and commentary are clear. For someone to understand the purpose of zazen in the manner in which it will be effective, this book is a must read!

    18. A pure and scintillating discussion of Zen enlightenment and the nature of One Mind. Huang Po casually and masterfully destroys distinctions, delusions, and dualisms for those on the Buddha path, and argues for the superiority of the Zen practice of instantaneous enlightenment (which is no-practice) as opposed to the confused and progressives paths of Theravadin and Mahayana sects.

    19. When I read this book, my life changed into three parts: my Past before I awoke, my unknown Future, and my tenuous hold on lucidity in the Now. During my briefest moments of wakefulness, I realize the answers are ever-present if I knew which questions to ask.

    20. I read this twice back to back. Just the best, clearest guide to Zen Buddhism I've read. It's probably not for absolute beginners because there's some terminology that isn't discussed fully but my, what a book. Carry it around with you in case of emergency.

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