A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises by Jack Kornfield

By Jack Kornfield

Liked Western Buddhist grasp Kornfield makes identified his own, useful knowledge, garnered from 25 years of training and instructing the trail of awakening, as he publications self-searchers to a simplicity of notion that brings alive non secular perform, peace, and fact of their day-by-day lives.

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His loyalty and honour were questioned in his lifetime, and history has given him several black marks. While sick of ambition, he was infirm of purpose, and wishing to do right he was easily swayed to do what was wrong. He had undoubted abilities, a happy knack of turning events to his advantage, and a plausible manner with friends and foes. But all his success in later life, and the fame of his reign were largely due to the son who succeeded him on the throne. This son, T‘ai Tsung, •meets us several times in the pilgrim’s wanderings, and it will help us to understand and appreciate the passage now before us and the references to him in other parts of the work, if we recall some particulars of his life and character.

The founder himself, whose name was Yuan (李 淵 ) ,was born at Ch^ng-an, and was related to the family of the reigning dynasty, the Sui. He was a hereditary nobleman with tlie title T‘ang Kung, and he served with distinction under Sui Yang Ti (601 to 616). But that despot could not brook Yuan, who was gaining favour with army and people, and he tried to get rid of him. At this time the two eldest sons of Li Yuan were also in the public service, and it is with the younger of these that we are now concerned.

When he was more than sixty years of age he wished to pay the duty of filial piety at his parents’ tombs. Unable to dis­ cover these he sought out his married sister Mn Chang, and by her help he found them. Then, distressed at the bad state in which the tombs were at the time, he ob­ tained leave from the Emperor to have the remains of his parents transferred to a happy ground and reinterred with honourable burial. Though the man had long ago become a devoted son of Ssikyamuni he still owned a loving duty to his earthly parents.

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