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Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

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Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Hui HaiZen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

by Hui Hai Translation of the Tun Wu Ju Tao Yao Mên Lun and Tsung Ching Record

ISBN 13: 978-0946672035

ISBN 10: 0946672035

Buddhist Publishing Group Published: 1962, 1987
Paperback, 188 pages. £8.95 / $16.95

Rendered into English by John Blofeld Foreword by Charles Luk This eighth-century classic is a complete translation of Hui Hai’s teachings. He was one of the early Chan/Zen masters (along with Ma Tsu and Huang Po) following on from Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch.

You can buy Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening from the Book Depository for around £8 with free worldwide delivery.
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Sudden Illumination means deliverance while still in this life. How shall I make you understand that? You may be compared to lion cubs, which are genuine lions from the time of their birth; for, with those who undertake to become…

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Renunciation and Simplicity, by Corrado Pensa

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Virtue-parami, which in the Theravada tradition is called nekkhamma, usually translates as ‘renunciation’. Nekkhamma is one of the ten paramis, one of the ten virtues. The other nine are—generosity (dana), morality (sila), wisdom or discernment (panna), energy or right effort (viriya), patience (khanti), truthfulness (sacca), resolute determination (adhitthana), loving-kindness (metta), and equanimity (upekkha).

The 5 Buddhist Colours represent the 'Godai Nyorai' (五大如来 -5 Great Buddhas). Photo © @KyotoDailyPhotoOn the one hand we have meditation practice—the need to cultivate sitting and walking practice in its strictest form—and on the other hand we have the manifestation of dharma. The ten virtues (paramis) are related to manifesting peace, understanding and loving-kindness. So, there is the formal sitting and walking practice, and through these ten avenues (ten paramis) there is also the cultivation and manifestation of what is of value. I mention the…

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Lady Linshui, Daughter of Kuan Yin

Goddess of 10,000 Names

This legendary woman who was later declared as the Goddess Lady Linshui in the 13th century was born in the 700s as Chen Jinggu. A short time before Her conception and birth, the prefect of a district near Quanzhou tried to build a bridge across dangerous waters. Many travelers had drowned there every year, but where the bridge was most needed, it was most difficult to construct. The district’s prefect prayed to the Goddess Kuan Yin for help with his construction project, as it would certainly be very expensive. Kuan Yin heard his prayers and appeared in a boat in front of the fishing village. Kuan Yin told the gathering crowd of devotees that She would marry whoever could throw a coin and touch Her. Hundreds of silver coins were thrown at Her, but all missed and fell into the boat She was standing on. The fund-raising worked well until…

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Lady Linshui Temple

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Mural at Lady Linshui Temple

Lady Linshui Temple (Línshuǐ Fūrén Miào 臨水夫人廟)

Right next door to the Koxinga Shrine is the Lady Linshui Temple (also called Madame Linshuei Temple, or Lady of Linshui Ma Temple). This is a largely feminine temple that focuses on the cult of  Lady Linshui, the Goddess of Birth and Fertility. While many temples around Tainan feature the goddess idols of Guanyin and Matsu, no other temple has as many female idols or depictions of women as the Lady of Linshui Temple.

Lady Linshui Temple Exterior

Lady Linshui is a deity born from the legend of a woman named Chen Jinggu. This was a woman of the early AD700’s who was said to be the daughter (or avatar) of the goddess Guanyin. Chen Jinggu was a prodigy child who could speak shortly after birth and write shortly after learning to walk. She had a very storied life, but to make a long…

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