Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership
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This guide to enlightened conduct for people in positions of authority is based on the teachings of several great Chinese Zen masters. Drawing on private records, letters, and long-lost documents of the Song dynasty (tenth to thirteenth centuries), Zen Lessons consists of short excerpts written in language that is accessible to the reader without any background in Eastern philosophy. This book serves as a guide to recognizing the qualities of a genuine Zen teacher; it also serves as a study of the character and conduct necessary for the mastery of any position of power and authority—whether religious, social, political, or organizational.
own—thus it is so clear nothing is not seen, nothing not heard. So then why add personal views and stubbornly invite hypocrisy and deception from others? When they expressed their own hearts and added their own views, the accomplished sages were striving to find their own faults, to have the same wishes as the people of the community, and to be without bias. Therefore it is said that for the wide spread of virtue, humanity, and justice, it is appropriate to be that way. Yet those with ignorant
and the corrupt are together, because of the greatness of the teaching, and so one cannot but draw near to some and avoid others. It is only a matter of a little more refined selection.” If there are people with ability and virtue who meet with the expectations of the community, you should not estrange them because of personal ire. And if there are people with ordinary perception whom the community dislikes, you should not be friendly with them because of personal liking. In this way the
they left in a continuous stream. Lushan Collection of the Forest of Wisdom 153 CRITICISM Wanan said: When my late teacher Miaoxi was exiled, there were some among the students who made private criticisms. Assembly Chief Yin said, “In general, when criticizing and talking about people, you should seek to find where the faulty are faultless—how can you find the faultless faulty? If you do not look into people’s hearts, and just doubt their actions, what help is that to the democracy of the
from the shrouds of error. The founder never knew that students in the last part of the imitation era would usurp the rules and ruin the commune. In remote antiquity all regulated themselves, even though they lived in nests and caves; later on everyone became reckless, even though they lived in spacious buildings. Therefore it is said, “The question of safety or danger is a matter of virtue; the question of flourishing or perishing is a matter of the time.” If virtue can be applied, what is the
trees.” Extensive Record 20 CHAN ADEPTS Wuzu said: Chan adepts guard the citadel of the mind and serve the rules of the precepts. They think of this and practice this day and night. Their actions do not go beyond their considerations, and their considerations do not go beyond their actions; they have a beginning and accomplish its end. Just like a plowman with field borders, rarely do they go over. Records of Equanimity 21 CHAN COMMUNITIES Wuzu said: The Chan community is a place for