Crazy Clouds: Zen Radicals, Rebels & Reformers

By Perle Besserman

Ebook by way of Perle Besserman, Manfred Steger

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Buddhism, B u d d h i s m , relatively instead of than Confucianism, Confucianism, appeared the simplest to enlightenment, s e e m e d tto o provide supply the way in which w a y to e n l i g h t e n m e n t , yet b u t even even right here, Bankci an eempty B a n ok e i found d i s c o v e r e d an m p t y ritual ritual behavior, behavior, a faith r e l i g i o n given g i v e n to to shape f o r m and and letter over o v e r dwelling l i v i n g non secular non secular event. event. One O n e Buddhist B u d d h i s t priest priest urged a d v i s e d the boy b o y that he could m i g h t locate locate what what he used to be trying to find in a Zen temple approximately h e w a s l o o okay i n g for in Z e n t e m p l e a b o u t ttwenty w e n t y miles m i l e s from from Hamada in AAko, named Umpo. H a m a d a in okay o , with w i t h aa Rinzai R i n z a i priest priest n amed U m p o . It It w a s in used to be within; occasionally occasionally II could may make make aa small small lean-to lean-to by means of via placing placing up within; partitions partitions oof f thick thick paper paper forums, forums, and and sit down in solitary solitary darkness darkness inside of, doing zazen, mendacity all the way down to for a second. inside of, zazen, by no means mendacity to relaxation relaxation even for second. each time heard ooff a few a few instructor instructor wwho every time II heard h o II concept should be give you the option capable of provide provide me suggestion, suggestion, I went instantly instantly to go to him. I lived lived that means for for numerous a number of years. years. there have been manner have been few few areas locations within the state II did did foot. now not set foot. 1638,the the vvery that the the shogun his ppolicy 1638, e r y yyear e a r that s h o g u n instituted instituted his o l i c y of of seclusion, that Bankei seclusion, that B a n ok e i walked w a l okay e d to Zuio Z u i o -ji j i and and m e t his his first first Zen Zen met instructor. Umpo instructor. The T h e seventy-year-old seventy-year-old U m p o was once w a s inheritor inheritor to an analogous related to the incorruptible Otokan lineage that the incorruptible O t o okay a n lineage the younger y o u n g Ikkyu I ok ok y u had h a d discovered came across In 1645, after hhe had left left ZZuio-ji, In 1645, ffour o u r yyears e a r s after e had u i o - j i , he he lower back r e t u r n e d to to U m p o , his his query q u e s t i o n nonetheless nonetheless unresolved. u n r e s o l v e d . Tearfully, Tearfully, he he approached approached Umpo, his along with his instructor instructor w i t h his his unhappy unhappy file r e p o r t of o f failure. failure. "It's your y o u r wish wish to to discover ssomeone that kkeeps locate o m e o n e that e e p s yyou o u from f r o m your y o u r goal," g o a l , " acknowledged acknowledged Umpo. Umpo. Bankei B a n ok e i tturned u r n e d and and set trigger o f f as soon as o n c e back back on o n his his wanderings. w a n d e r i n g s . In aa in Kaso's in okay a s o ' s shabby s h a b b y Katada ok a t a d a temple t e m p l e t w o centuries centuries sooner than. b e f o r e . On O n first first Bankei his ""bright iinterview, nterview, B a n okay e i aasked s ok e d his b r i g h t advantage" v i r t u e " query q u e s t i o n and and was once was once instructed to head advised g o take a seat sit down zazen z a z e n and locate find the solution a n s w e r for himself.

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