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Unformatted text preview: Empty Cloud: The Teachings of Xu (Hsu) Yun A Remembrance of the Great Chinese Zen Master As compiled from the notes and recollections of Master Jy Din Shakya and related to Ming Zhen Shakya (Formerly Chuan Yuan Shakya) Illustrations by Yao Xin of Romania Photographs of Master Xu Yun courtesy of Master Jy Din Shakya Copyright 1996 The Nan Hua Chan Buddhist Society Published on the Web by the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun http://www.hsuyun.org/ T ABLE OF C ONTENTS Preface Remembering Master Xu Yun ii Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Chapter 2 Chan Training 5 Chapter 3 Gaining Enlightenment 16 Chapter 4 The Buddha's Flower Sermon 38 Chapter 5 Stages of Development and Difficulties 40 Chapter 6 Difficulties 44 Chapter 7 Breathing and Posture 48 Chapter 8 Perseverance and Resourcefulness 53 Chapter 9 Wordless Transmission 62 Chapter 10 Layman Pang 64 Chapter 11 The Dao Immortal 69 Chapter 12 Mo Shan 73 Chapter 13 Conclusion 76 EMPTY CLOUD - THE TEACHINGS OF XU YUN Preface Remembering Master Xu Yun ii P REFACE R EMEMBERING M ASTER X U Y UN by Chan Master Jy Din Shakya The Master's name, Xu Yun, is translated into English as "Empty Cloud", a translation which often confuses people. We all know what a cloud is, but what, we wonder, is meant by "empty"? In Chan (pronounced Jen) or Zen literature the term "empty" appears so often and with so many variations of definition, that I will begin by trying to clarify its meaning. To be empty means to be empty of ego, to be without any thought of self, not in the sense that one functions as a vegetable or a wild animal - living things which merely process water, food and sunlight in order to grow and reproduce - but in the sense that one ceases to gauge the events, the persons, the places, and the things of one's environment in terms of "I" or "me" or "mine". A person who is "empty of self" seldom has occasion even to use these pronouns. Let me be more specific. We have all heard about a parent, or friend, or lover who claims to be completely unselfish in his love for another. A husband will say, "I kept nothing for myself. I gave everything to her, my wife." This man is not empty. He has merely projected a part of his identity upon another person. A person who is truly empty possesses nothing, not even a consciousness of self. His interests lie not with his own needs and desires, for indeed, he is unaware of any such considerations, but only with the welfare of others. He does not evaluate people as being likable or unlikable, worthy or unworthy, or as useful or useless. He neither appreciates nor depreciates anyone. He simply understands that the Great Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light and Goodness, dwells within every human being, and it is in the interest of this Buddha Self that he invests himself....
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