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He later resided at Zuizen-ji, near present-day Nagoya, and Reisen-ji near his birthplace. Both followed Hakuin in becoming accomplished painters and calligraphers who left numerous examples of their artistic talents.

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After having followed. His scholarly interests and the breadth of his knowledge, including Shinto, was unprecedented. Tuttle Co. It was written by Torei Enji Zenji , Hakuin's dharma successor. In this book, Master Torei begins by providing a concise history of the Rinzai school and lineage.

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He then details all the important aspects of Zen practice, most notably great faith, great doubt, and great determination. He also provides explanations of koan study and zazen meditation as a means of attaining true satori enlightenment. This edition includes extensive commentary by Master Daibi, providing both essential background information and clarification of several Buddhist concepts unfamiliar to the general reader. The result is an invaluable record of traditional Zen training. Oxford and New York, , pp. New York: Oxford University Press, , pp.

The father is envisioned as the wisdom and the excellence of the Buddha, the mother as the compassionate vows of the Bodhisattva, and the children as those who emit the thought of awakening. The Source of Zen 2. Faith and Practice 3. Visionary States 4. True Realization 5. Passing Through Barriers 6.

The Undying Lamp of Zen: The Testament of Zen Master Torei by Torei Enji

Progressive Transcendence 7. Working Application 8. Learning From a Teacher 9. Maturation When I a student of the Dharma look at the real form of the universe, all is the never-failing manifestation of the mysterious truth of Tathagata. In any event, in any moment, and in any place, none can be other than the marvellous revelation of its glorious light. This realization made our founding teachers and virtuous Zen leaders extend tender care, with the heart of worshipping, to animals and birds, and indeed to all beings.

This realization teaches us that our daily food, drink, clothes, and protections of life are the warm flesh and blood, the merciful incarnation of Buddha Who can be ungrateful or not respectful to each and every thing, as well as to human beings!

Great compassion can annihilate afflictions, by sacrificing body, life, and goods for others. Great compassion can extirpate conceit, by acting benevolently for others. Great compassion enables detachment from fame and profit, by basing everything on truth for the sake of others. Great compassion enables entry into the realm of reality, because there is nowhere it does not go for the sake of others. The virtues of great compassion are infinite; they could be expounded upon forever without exhausting them, but it boils down to this: Whoever has great compassion can extinguish all obstructions caused by past actions and can fulfill all virtues; no principle cannot be understood, no path cannot be practiced, no knowledge not attained, no virtue not developed.

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