The Hidden Sphere
(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion Touchon
Pai Chang - related texts
The Blue Cliff Record (Bdk English Tripitaka, 75) by Yuan-Wu, Thomas Cleary (Translator), Chin Ko, J. C. Cleary (Translator) Translated from the Chinese by Thomas Cleary. This sutra consists of 100 koans selected by Ch'ung-hsien and is held in high regard by the Rinzai Zen Sect as a model text for instruction in the Zen practice.
Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record : Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei by Hakuin (Editor), Thomas Cleary (Translator), Denson (Editor) Thomas Cleary translated The Blue Cliff Record many years ago.In this new book Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record he makes available commentaries by Rizai master Hakuin and Soto master Tenkei. This book will be welcomed by those who have read,re-read and studied The Blue Cliff Record in detail. I recommend this books to students of The Blue Cliff Record everywhere!
The Zen Teachings of Instantaneous Awakening by Hui Hai - Zen Master Hui Hai, affectionately known as the Great Pearl, was of the same spiritual tradition as Hui Neng Ma Tsu and Huang Po. His style of teaching is very direct and just as pertinent today as it was 1200 years ago in China. John Blofeld, noted translator of the , taught Buddhism in Chinese temples before the Communist revolution. His love of China and knowledge of Buddhism enable him to translate this volume with feeling and insight.
Sayings and Doings of Pai-Chang by Shih Huai-Hai
Review of above by Michael Harings:
The Ch'an (Zen) Buddhist tradition can seem inscrutable to the Western mind. Pai-chang was a great Ch'an master in eighth-century China who channeled much energy into the culture surrounding Buddhism in his time. Reading through his sayings and speeches is a difficult though ultimately rewarding exercise. Though one might like to understand this Adept from an analytical or philosophical disposition, his teaching remains mind-transcending. For instance:
One day as the master [Pai-chang] was walking along with Ma-tsu [his
Teacher], they saw a flock of wild ducks fly by.
Through stories like this one can begin to appreciate the sudden awakening
through dramatic and startling means that is at the heart of Pai-chang's
teaching and the Ch'an tradition. In addition to a brief collection of
sayings, which are similar to the confrontive koan above, the largest portion
of the book is devoted to the "Extensive Record". This record is a compilation
of Pai-chang's talks, including questions and responses. It is the written
"Record" of this Buddhist master's ego-interfering acts.
If one says there is an enlightened nature, this is called slander by
attachment, but to say there is no enlightened nature is called slander
by falsehood. As it is said, to say that enlightened nature exists is slander
by presumption, to say that it does not exist is slander by repudiation;
to say that enlightened nature both exists and does not exist is slander
by contradiction, and to say that enlightened nature is neither existent
nor nonexistent is slander by meaningless argument.