original awareness, perfect illusion, awakening, rediscovery and embodiment
Kuei-feng Tsung Mi (779-841) was a respected master of both the Kegon and Chan (Zen) schools in Tang Dynasty, China. At the core of Tsung Mi’s teachings is the interpenetration of opposites. This talk will focus on the interpenetration of subject-object on which the “Ten Stages of Origination” and “Ten stages of Reversion” are based. The Ten Stages of Origination describe a human being’s descent from “original awareness” into an almost perfect illusion. The Ten Stages of Reversion describe the process of awakening from that illusion to rediscover and embody “original awareness”. Tsung Mi was both an influentiual Buddhist scholar and zen practitioner. He was therefore ideally placed to the underpin the conceptual framing of his teachings by drawing on insights drawn from his direct experience of zen.
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Peter Bruza is a Professor of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology. He is a long time disciple of Zen master Hōgen Yamahata, Chōgen-ji Temple, Japan, and a senior zen teacher in the Open Way Zen sangha.
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