Zen Buddhism Notes Feb 7, 2012
Zen Buddhism Notes Feb 7, 2012 RELST165
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RELST 165 Zen BuddhismJapanese Culture Notes from February 7 2012 Huineng 0 Father died young Very poor family Worked around the house rewood gathering o Renounced the world because he heard someone reading the Diamond Sutra He was awakened 0 Education illiterate o Goes to 5th Patriarch amp asks how to become a Buddha when was a quotbarbarianquot No difference Buddhanature Only their bodies are physically different 0 5th Patriarch invited monks to write a verse Why To make a 6th Patriarch successor What is essential to be the 6th Patriarch They must be awakenedenlightened Go to rooms amp write verse and bring it to the 5th Patriarch 0 Head monk Shenhsui wrote a verse on wall at midnight Shenhsui head monk sees the mind as requiring to be constantly wiped clean Restore the mind to purity remove dust Purify mind l meditation 0 5th Patriarch read Shenhsui s verse and he deemed head monk as unenlightened The verse had no value Has some utility but doesn t re ect enlightened state of mind quotAt the gate but not ready to enterquot 0 5th Patriarch tells Shenhsui to return and write another verse 0 Another verse written on the wall but still did not have enlightenment worthiness The composer didn t have understanding 0 Huineng wanted a young boy to write his verse on the wall because Huineng was illiterate o Huineng s verse was deemed enlightened by the 5th Patriarch o Huineng goes to the 5th Patriarch s room where he hears the Diamond Sutra and awakens him Dharma and the robe transmitted from 5th Patriarch to Huineng The 5th Patriarch tells Huineng to leave to avoid danger o Shenhsui vs Huineng s verses Shen hsui Clean the mind of dust Assumes mind can be represented but itcannot O O o Enlightenment transposed gradually attained Huineng Iconoclastic Mind is already enlightened o No mind mirror standing 0 Original consciousness cannot be represented No representational thinking because it is a sign of ignorance unenlightenment o Enlightenment imminent here amp now How do you attain enlightenment wisdom 0 You don t You already contain them Diluted mind How do you get out of a state of delusion 0 You need to realize you are diluted 0 Then you need a teacher 0 Perhaps meditation helps 0 A useful teacher must have enlightenment quotShow you the wayquot Relationship between meditation and wisdomenlightenment o Meditation does not give rise to wisdom nor does wisdom give rise to meditation 0 They form a unity In the Ch an tradition early disagreement sudden versus gradual enlightenment comes down to style 0 Two kinds of truth Big controversy between Northern amp Southern Ch an Schools Gradual conventional l implies plurality accumulation Sudden ultimate l implies uniqueness o quotdunrianquot 0 Fast 0 Immediate reached without intermediary Once you ve reached enlightenment is there a difference between gradual or sudden enlightenment o No distinction at all How to u understand your original mind 0 See yourself You selfnature l the way you truly are 0 No thought no mind o No mind means the mind adheres to no object Perpetually active Absolute and universal Dharmaworld totality of all things All things have emptiness in common What does it mean to sit in meditation according to the Platform Sutra 0 Sit without obstruction Don t extend thoughts outwardly 0 Internal meditation unconfuseduntouched See within yourself 0 quotOne is many amp many is onequot 0 Original consciousness before all junk is piled on conscience The mind is above existence amp nonexistence Moves without attachment 0 Ex You see a Ferrari amp are not sucked in Detached Emptiness includes EVERYTHING 0 Not the void of blank mindedness o Expulsion of content of mind 0 Mind of emptiness no representation Huineng wants us to let phenomena come to us 0 Transcendental scene 0 Be idealistic Realize the state of nothough 0 Let phenomenon present itself to us nothought Where does wisdom exist 0 ln original selfnature 0 Best teacher original mind you 0 You rst need a teacher but there are limits You are the best teacher 0 Do for yourself Hard work to do Death of 6th Patriarch 0 Power that masters have know when they are going to die 0 Some disciples are crying If they knew where he was going they wouldn t be crying o Omens strange smells earthquakes no light from Sun or Moon only light shown on his grave o The 6th Patriarch as shown by author was exceptional He made a difference Signi cant Hagiographical literature describing holy people s lives saints models for the unenlightened etc He was special Heed his teachings
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