Just a word to say that we will be continuing to study Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi following zazen on Monday nights. We are only just starting his “Practice Instructions” (which comprise the bulk of this short text), and there is no need to have the book or read ahead. It is a bit holographic in that sense, like most Zen teachings. We can drop in at any point. I recommend reading the foreword and introduction for background, if desired.
This important translation of one of the Soto traditions most influential ancestors was guiding teacher Taigen’s first book. It remains a favorite of countless American Zen students and teachers. Our study of these teachings will likely last at least the next couple of months.