New Project – Empty Field Dharma

I have started a new site dedicated to information and discussion around the Empty Field Dharma. The concept of an Empty Field is derived from Zen Master Hongzhi from the book “Cultivating the Empty Field” and the Soto Zen school of Buddhism.

I have read many books, different views, and different schools of thought. Everything I study now is focused on Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism, which have slightly varied paths, for lack of a better word. When I read and think about each, the Japanese makes more sense and resonates deeper within.

  1. Tibetan Buddhism Mahayana – Always working and reaching for enlightenment, as an end-goal of sorts.
  2. Japanese Buddhism Soto Zen – You are already enlightened, and the work is becoming more aware of this, and how to exist within this space (or field).

As part of my studies, I have chosen these works:

  1. “Cultivating the Empty Field”, The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi
  2. “The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: Volume 1”, The Path of Individual Liberation
  3. “The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra”
  4. “Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra”

As I become more aware of this, I will be writing about my understanding and how this pattern of thought/no-thought works for me in my daily life. The empty field has become an important aspect of how I see things, my role individually, and how going within and re-emerging into the world/universe brings forth a more peaceful and calm person.



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  1. Intriguing. I identify with the Japanese (No 2). My art work is developing in the direction of an engagement with ‘fields’, also forces, at present! I’m representing fields in terms of grids. A grid of 5 horizontal lines could be an empty page of sheet music, awaiting a composition. This is very embryonic right now. I look forward a lot to reading more of your ‘field work’. Ann

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