A Tune Beyond the Clouds: Zen Teachings from Old China by J. C. Cleary

By J. C. Cleary

This ebook specializes in the lessons of 13th-century chinese language Zen grasp Shiqui Xinyue. The koans, tales, and poems of the Zen grasp observed by means of explanatory notes from the editor contain the majority of the textual content, that is preceded by way of an inadequately short old evaluate of chinese language Buddhism. these looking extra entire details could be instructed towards Arthur F. Wright's Buddhism in chinese language historical past (Stanford Univ. Pr., 1971). additionally, the editor doesn't identify the categorical resource rfile for his translation, easily calling it a "collection of Zen teachings." despite the fact that, the 141 anecdotal teachings are in transparent, concise English and the explanatory notes support with the paradoxical statements and allusions.

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In other forms of meditation, the practitioner would concentrate on various aspects of reality emphasized in the Buddhist teachings. Particular meditation perspectives in this vein were found to be useful were: the interdependence of subject and object; the interconnected nature of all things, and the process of interdependent causation that takes phenomena into and out of existence; the way all phenomena lack independent, permanent, fixed identities; the mean between the identitylessness of all phenomena and their relative existence.

The eighth consciousness is known as the storehouse consciousness. It is the repository of all the impressions that accumulate over the Introduction 27 course of a person’s life. This furnishes the stock of images and concepts and mental habits through which the person orders experience. It is easy to cite examples of the way the same phenom enon is perceived differently by different people, depending on the different categories employed by the sixth consciousness, the divergent evaluations made by the seventh consciousness, and the different stock of impressions available from each person’s storehouse consciousness.

The peasant’s per­ ception is much more detailed: he knows what grain it is, and what variety, and how far along it is, and can judge the quality of the soil and the season’s weather from looking at the condition of the plants. 28 A Tune Beyond the Clouds Again, it is obvious that the peasant’s and the city-dweller’s perceptions of "the same” plants differ completely, depending on the different contents of their sixth, seventh, and eighth consciousnesses. The distinction among the eight modes of consciousness is an analytical device.

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