By Katsuki Sekida
Edited by means of Marc Allen
Katsuki Sekida used to be either a superb author and an exceptional Zen grasp, and his books on Zen are one of the so much finished ever written in English. In those pages, his former pupil Marc Allen culls the best items from the unique works to create a superbly readable, brilliantly illuminating advisor to Zen meditation.
It starts off with a precis of Zen, maintains with an entire direction in Zen meditation, and ends with reviews on a Zen vintage, looking for the lacking Ox. particular practices are featured all through, akin to “One-Minute Zazen” and different gem stones which are the results of a life of learn. for college kids of Zen either new and previous, Sekida’s teachings are an unending resource of perception and knowledge.
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Buddhaghosa explains that in the first three absorptions equanimity resembles the creseent moon which occurs during the day and is neither pure nor clear because it is overpowered by the radiance of the sun and is lacking the assistance of its ally the night (Vism. iv. 195). In the first three absorptions, the crescent moon which consists of constituential balance is not pure because it is overpowered by the brilliance of the limbs of absorption, initial application of mind and so forth, and because it is without the assistance of its ally; the feeling equanimity.
They took up the cause of Buddhism with great zeal and tried to popularise it inside and outside India. E. COIlZe writes: "The first five centuries of Buddhist history saw the development of a number of schools, or sects, which are traditionally counted as eigh tcen. " Lamottc! has also dealt with the geographical distribution of the different schools on the basis of the inscriptions. lgrai1al1ama, Kathiivattizu, MilindapaliiJa and the like 20 Studies in Pali and Buddhism record the tene;ts of different schools.
We could say' that the ideal act, embodied in the personage of the fully-liberated individual would be accompanied by six-limbed equanimity. This is the plire balance that accompanies such an illdividual's responses to material situations and sentient beings, whether he be responding with insight, joy or sympathy. In the light of what has been said above about Buddha's own sympathy and his exhortations to the monks, it would be far more fitting to assert that the ideal act in Buddhism is governed Equanimity (Upekkhii) in Theraviida Buddhism 13 by some consideration and concern for others' happiness and welfare.