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By Venerable Myokyo-ni, Michelle Bromley, Martin Collcutt, Soko Morinaga

One of the writings from the Dunhuang Caves, stumbled on within the mid-twentieth Century, are the Zen identical of the useless Sea Scrolls--ancient texts unknown for hundreds of years. The Ceasing of Notions is one such textual content. It takes a different shape: a discussion among imaginary figures, a grasp and his disciple, during which the disciple tenaciously pursues the master's pity utterances with follow-up questions that propel the discussion towards ever extra profound insights. And those questions end up to be the reader's own. Soko Morinaga brings alive this compact and amazing textual content together with his personal bright commentary.

This quantity additionally encompasses a beneficiant choice from Morinaga's acclaimed autobiography, beginner to grasp: An Ongoing Lesson within the quantity of my very own Stupidity.

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No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system or technologies now known or later developed, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bodhidharma, 6th cent. [Jue guan lun. English] The Ceasing of notions : an early Zen text from the Dunhuang Caves / with selected comments by Soko Morinaga Roshi and an introduction by Martin Collcutt ; translated into German by Ursula Jarand, into English by Venerable Myokyo-ni and Michelle Bromley.

Dialog über das Auslöschen der Anschauung (Frankfurt am Main: R. G. Fischer Verlag, 1987). 4. , A Dialogue on Contemplation Extinguished: Translated from the Chueh-kuan lun, an Early Chinese Zen Text from Tun Huang (Kyoto: Institute for Zen Studies, 1973). 5. , Two Zen Classics: Mumonkan and Hekiganroku (New York: Weatherhill, 1977). 6. William M. Bodiford, Soto Zen in Medieval Japan (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993). 7. Thomas Cleary, Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2000).

This, however, means not realizing that reality—our life from birth through sickness and old age to death— does not obey our own wishes and is not subject to our control, but rather is the activity of a power that is beyond all possible conceptions. 3 To take as “I” or “self” what in fact is No-I or no-self. This means not to see that all forms are devoid of a permanent, unchanging self and rather to assume an inherent and everlasting self in all forms. 4 To see as pure what is impure, to set up arbitrary distinctions between beautiful and ugly, and not to realize that what is called beautiful now (for instance a beautiful woman) with time changes into what is called ugly.

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