Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening is a complete translation of the teaching of the Chinese Chan Master Hui Hai by John Blofeld, with a foreword by Charles Luk Hui Hai, who was one of the great Ch'an (Zen) Masters.
‘Once a man who practised Chan asked Hui Hai: “It is said that mind is identical with the Buddha, but which of these is really the Buddha?” Hui Hai replied “What do you suppose is not the Buddha? Point it out to me!” As there was no answer, the Master added: “If you comprehend (the mind), the Buddha is omnipresent to you; but if you do not awaken to it, you will remain astray and distant from him for ever.’
And one of Hui Hai’s simplest and most effective quotes: 'Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need'.
John Blofeld was a noted Buddhist writer and translator and also one of the few British men to experience life in China prior to the Communist revolution. His fondness for China and of Buddhism enabled him to translate the texts with feeling and insight. He has also written one of the best English translations of the Tao Teh Ching - I have this also.
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