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Hóngzhì Zhēngjué 宏智正覺

(Shōgaku)

1091 – 1157 CE

A highly prolific literary giant, Hongzhi taught “silent illumination,” shikan taza (just sitting), a return to our original nature without gaining ideas, letting go of conditioning in completely relaxed awareness, and a return to the world. These teaching became a root influence on the beginnings of the Soto Zen school. He was abbot of the Tiantong Monastery where later Eihei Dogen studied. Dogan brought these teachings to Japan extensively quoting Hongzhi describing him as an “Ancient Buddha.”

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Book of Equanimity

Cultivating the Emplty Field

Quotes by Hóngzhì Zhēngjué (49 quotes)

“A person of the Way fundamentally does not dwell anywhere... The moon sets and the water is cool. Each bit of autumn contains vast interpenetration without bounds.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Chapters: 20. Unconventional Mind

Themes: Travel Moon

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“a radical, refined nondualism that does not grasp at any of the highly subtle distinctions to which our familiar mental workings are prone and which estranges us from our experience.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

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“After awakening, continuity is the function of self dropped away.”

Chapters: 14. Finding and Following the Formless Form

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“Do not leave any traces and inside and outside will merge into one totality.”

Chapters: 43. No Effort, No Trace

Themes: No Trace

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“Empty, cold and thin, simple and genuine.. when you turn within and drop off everything completely, realization occurs… Every detail clearly appears before you. Sound and form, echo and shadow, happen instantly without leaving traces.”

Chapters: 43. No Effort, No Trace

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“Every detail clearly appears before you. Sound and form, echo and shadow, happen instantly without leaving traces.”

Chapters: 27. No Trace

Themes: Music No Trace

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“In light there is darkness; where it operates no traces remain. With the hundred grass tips in the busy marketplace graciously share yourself. Wide open and accessible, walking along, casually mount the sounds and straddle the colors while you transcend listening and surpass watching.”

Chapters: 49. No Set Mind

Themes: One Taste

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“In the interlaced net of principle and phenomena, true emptiness appears. Shining to obliterate the fundamental delusion.”

Chapters: 48. Unlearning
59. The Gardening of Spirit
4. The Father of All Things

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“Just resting is like the great ocean accepting hundreds of streams, all absorbed into one flavor.. How could they not reach into the genuine source?”

Chapters: 66. Go Low

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“Patch-robed monks roam the world constantly emptying and expanding their minds without the slightest remnant held inside… Do no leave any traces and inside and outside will merge into one totality as leisurely as the sky clearing of rainclouds”

Chapters: 77. Stringing a Bow

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“The teaching's voice is total silence amid the ringing wind chimes. The moon hangs in the old pine tree, cold in the falling night.”

Chapters: 70. Inscrutable

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“The chilled crane in its nest in the clouds has not yet been aroused from its dreams.”

Chapters: 37. Nameless Simplicity

Themes: Dream

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“This is the time and place to leap beyond the ten thousand emotional entanglements of innumerable kalpas. One contemplation of ten thousand years finally goes beyond all the transitory, and you emerge with spontaneity.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Contemplation

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“When the bottom is filled with rubbish, just walk though the sludge.”

Chapters: 58. Goals Without Means

Themes: Mistakes

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“When the stains from old habits are exhausted the original light appears, blazing through your skull, not admitting any other matters. Vast and spacious, like sky and water merging during autumn, like snow and moon having the same color, this field is without boundary, beyond direction, magnificently one entity without edge or seam.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

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“Wisdom probes the ignorance and dispels the longtime darkness. Eye cataracts worn away, illusory flowers naturally fade. Spirit radiance simply shines; recurring falseness dissolves.”

Chapters: 52. Cultivating the Changeless

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“Without judgment evaluation or significance what is there to be desired.”

from Book of Equanimity

Themes: Desire

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“Without the concept of location, where are you?”

from Book of Equanimity

Themes: Travel

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“Without an ego, what is the same or different even mean?”

from Book of Equanimity

Themes: Egolessness

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“The monkey grabs at the reflection in the moon.”

from Book of Equanimity

Themes: Moon Illusion

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“What is it that resides prior to emptiness and form?”

from Book of Equanimity

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“Not Buddha is Buddha, is Not Buddha Not Buddha?”

from Book of Equanimity

Themes: Enlightenment

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“Like the moon overwhelming the darkness, from the beginning just beam through all gloom.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

Themes: Moon

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“Be magnanimous, beyond appearances.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Compassion

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“Self and other are not separated by their names.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Oneness

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“Sounds and colors crowd in together, carefree and transcendent, directly leaping into each other.”

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“illuminate all conditions... clear and desireless, the wind in the pines and the moon in the water are content in their elements.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Desire

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“Operating without self they cannot be buried in the cocoon of past conditioning.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Chapters: 41. Distilled Life

Themes: Skillful Means

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“The moon accompanies the current… understanding and the the changing world fulfill each other… go forward and see for yourself.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Moon Continuity

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“Naturally the mind flowers, radiance shines out, you travel without hindrance, free at last.”

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Themes: Enlightenment

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“False thinking stops and stillness necessarily arises, stillness arises and wisdom appears, wisdom arises and stillness necessarily disappears”

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“ten thousand sages are no more than footprints on the trail”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

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“Moving straight ahead, totally let go... respond with brilliant light to such unfathomable depths as the waters of autumn or the moon stamped in the sky.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“Thoroughly investigate your roots back to their ultimate source”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Know Yourself

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“The primal mind transcends conditioning... How can you possibly attain anything outside yourself?”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Mind

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“Only in silent serenity is the self known, full spirited in its own glory, no stranger to sages and not diminished with worldly people.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“Clear out obsessive thinking and distraction, see the vast radiance without barriers, the genuine awakened field, and immediately respond to the ten thousand changes”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“Follow the buddha’s teachings, the dharma’s flowering, and restore reality by cutting off all duality.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“Purify, cure, grind down, or brush away all the tendencies you have fabricated into habits... reside in the field of boundless emptiness”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“Realize that not a single thing exists and respond unencumbered to each spec of dust without becoming its partner.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Skillful Means

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“Without leaving a trace, let mind and dharma become one and wander into the circle of wonder.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“Practice true reality not possessed by emotions but bright and penetrating like moonlight glittering down on mountain streams.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Reality

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“Stay with this just as this, stay with that just as that… freely let go not following conditions, not falling into classifications.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Letting Go

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“Don’t dwell in appearances, be bounded by or settle into any place but rest from the remnants of conditioning and reach the limit in all directions illuminating fully what is before you as awakening blossoms.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“The primal wisdom, silent but also glorious, responds to conditions.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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“When you forget about merit, your position is fulfilled… transmitting is merit but having transmitted, is not your own merit.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Success

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“Face whatever appears before you… enter the current of the world and join with the delusion.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Delusion

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“Cast off completely your head and skin... the original light flashes through confusion... your footsteps are not visible on the road.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

Themes: Anonymity

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“When the bottom is filled with rubbish, just walk through the sludge.”

from Cultivating the Emplty Field

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