Silent Illumination – Part 1
The style of meditation called Silent Illumination is one of the greatest practices of the Chan (Zen) tradition. Originating around the eleventh century, its greatest advocate was Master Hongzhi Zhengjue of the Caodong sect.
Hongzhi expresses his teaching with almost exclusive images from nature which make the readings pure poetry. Through his skillful weaving, the natural world reveals the experience of awakening as a sense of inter-connectedness with all beings, sentient, and non-sentient.