Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Hui HaiThis eighth-century classic is a complete translation of Hui Hai’s teachings. He was one of the early Chan/Zen masters (along with Ma Tsu and Huang Po) following on from Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch.


Sudden Illumination means deliverance while still in this life. How shall I make you understand that? You may be compared to lion cubs, which are genuine lions from the time of their birth; for, with those who undertake to become suddenly illumined, it is just like that. The moment they practise it, they enter the Buddha-stage, just as the shoots put forth by bamboos in spring will have grown to resemble the parent plants without the least difference remaining even before spring has departed.

* * *

‘Once a man who practised Chan asked Hui Hai: “It is said that mind is identical with the Buddha, but which of these is really the Buddha?”

Hui Hai: “What do you suppose is not the Buddha? Point it out to me!”

As there was no answer, the Master added: “If you comprehend (the mind), the Buddha is omnipresent to you; but if you do not awaken to it, you will remain astray and distant from him for ever.”’

Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Hui Hai Translation of the Tun Wu Ju Tao Yao Mên Lun and Tsung Ching Record

Rendered into English by John Blofeld Foreword by Charles Luk

Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Hui Hai (Large image)Hui Hai was a student of Ma Tsu (709–788; Japanese, Baso) and from the same line as Huai-hai Pai Chang, Huang Po, and Rinzai (Lin-chi).

John Blofeld (1913-1987), a noted Buddhist writer and translator, was one of the few Englishmen to experience life in China prior to the Communist revolution. His love of that country and of Buddhism enabled him to translate the texts with feeling and insight.

Published: 1962, 1987,  Paperback, 188 pages. £8.95 / $16.95

ISBN 13: 978-0946672035  ISBN 10: 0946672035

Buddhist Publishing Group

You can buy Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening from: The Book depository.co.uk £7.20 with free worldwide delivery. (The Book Depository is owned by Amazon)

Or from these Amazon sites:
🇺🇸Amazon.com —  🇨🇦Canada — 🇩🇪Germany — 🇪🇸Spain —  🇯🇵Japan —  🇫🇷France —  🇮🇹Italy  —  🇦🇺Australia🇮🇳India —  🇧🇷Brazil — 🇬🇧UK — or from your local bookshop.

All prices are approximate.

Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening


Categories: Authors, Books from BPG, Buddhist text, Hui Hai, John Blofeld, Zen, Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: