The Bright, Boundless Field
The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning. You must purify, cure, grind down, or brush away all the tendencies you have fabricated into apparent habits.
Hongzhi is one of the most lyrical Zen masters we encounter. His prosaic expression is one found in the Chinese and Japanese poets, and his teaching style is the least dogmatic and cumbersome of all. Imagine what it would be like to hear teaching instructions from someone like this!