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By Hongzhi Zhengjue

First to articulate the meditation strategy recognized to modern Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") chinese language Zen grasp Hongzhi is without doubt one of the such a lot influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the one such quantity to be had in English, treats readers to his profound knowledge and lovely literary present. as well as dozens of Hongzhi's spiritual poems, translator Daniel Leighton bargains a longer advent, putting the master's paintings in its old context , in addition to lineage charts and different information regarding the chinese language effect on jap Soto Zen.

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Only a center is what unifies, is discernible, and bestows value (sustainability), as Qian’s analysis suggests. As we shall see in the pages that follow, whenever we talk about Li, we will have to think first and foremost about this idea of a center. INTRODUCTION 15 We should thus highlight two points about coherence as so conceived. Coherence means both “balance” or equilibrium and “productivity” or the ability to continue in new forms into the future. As balance, a quantitative relation is implied here, a proper proportion, as between the two extremes in the swing of Qian’s pendulum.

It also means the production of larger, more inclusive coherences, as between mem‑ bers of larger and more complex social groups, as we tried to show in the discussion of the Mencius and the Xunzi in the previous volume. Coherence in the sense used here is thus not merely consistency among elements of a whole, in the sense that they can coexist without interfering in one another’s continued existence, or are mutually compat‑ ible and not contradictory. It is also not merely the relation of coherence in the logical sense of mutual support or mutual entailment of a number of elements.

C. Graham slightly amends Hansen’s suggestion, in a passage we also quoted in Ironies of One and Many: We might say that while the English translations use count nouns for individuals or classes, the Chinese uses mass nouns which carry with them instructions as to where the primary division is to be made.

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