Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouth: 15th Century Zen Master by Stephen Berg, Ikkyū

By Stephen Berg, Ikkyū

Translated via Stephen Berg.

When Zen grasp Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481) used to be appointed headmaster of the good temple at Kyoto, he lasted 9 days ahead of denouncing the rampant hypocrisy he observed one of the priests there. He in flip invited them to seem for him within the sake parlors of the excitement Quarters. A Zen monk-poet-calligrapher-musician, he dared to jot down in regards to the joys of erotic love, in addition to extra conventional Zen topics. He was once an eccentric and genius who dared to defy authority and despised corruption. even if he lived during periods laid low with struggle, famine, rioting, and spiritual upheaval, his writing and song prevailed, influencing jap tradition to at the present time.

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2. 3. 4. 5. Necessity and Manner of Investigating the Way Things Really Are Greatness of the Author of the Text The Articulation of His Treatises The Benefits of Aspiring to the Profound Dharma Identifying the Vessel into which the Profound Dharma Can Be Introduced The preliminary explanation is the first of two parts of this commentary, the second of which is the principal explanation. 1 1. Necessity and Manner of Investigating the Way Things Really Are Everything the buddhas have said about generosity and other similar virtues is a means to cultivate the wisdom that comprehends the way things really are 1.

This is the meaning of authoritative sources expounding the nirvana of the lesser vehicle as well. The rest of this treatise is written in support of this proposition. In short, if the realization and attainment of nirvana at the stage of achieving arhathood do not imply the realization of the way things really are, that is, ultimate truth, then the attainment of nirvana would absolutely not be possible. This is the principal reason that this fact is proved primarily through citations of the su¯tras of the lesser vehicle.

It is named after its content. ” This is a taddhita construction in which ‘ka’ denotes the meaning of. The suffix ‘ka’ is attached because it both demonstrates and denotes the middle path. ” Or, as Bhavaviveka says, because it is referred to by the word madhyama with the suffix ‘ka’ it is madhyamaka philosophy [bDu ma dza 329a]. ” Both existence and nonexistence are extremes; Purity and impurity as well are extremes. Therefore, avoiding both sets of extremes, The wise should not abide even in the middle.

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