Mind is Mountains, Rivers, and the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

‘Buddha’ and ‘one mind’ are not different things – ‘this mind is Buddha,’ and ‘Buddha’ is ‘all dharmas.’ If ‘all dharmas’ is ‘one mind,’ then each and every ‘particular dharma’ – being an essential element of ‘all dharmas’ – is mind (or Buddha). Thus Buddha (or mind) is all dharmas, therefore is each and every Read More …

The Many Don’t ‘make-up’ The One Mind – The Many Are The One Mind

Dogen was also persistent in stressing that when the Zen masters identify the ‘one mind’ as the ‘myriad dharmas’ they are not speaking generally or arbitrarily. ‘The many’ is not reducible to ‘the ‘one,’ ‘the one’ is not made-up of ‘the many’ – ‘the one’ is identical to ‘the many’ and vice versa. Just as Read More …

This Mind Is Buddha – Soku Shin Ze Butsu

The reasoning of the nonduality of ‘knower’ and ‘known’ in Zen is clearly presented in an early fascicle of Shobogenzo titled, Soku Shin Ze Butsu; This Mind is Buddha. ‘Buddha’ is ‘Butsu,’ ‘this mind’ is ‘soku shin’; ‘shin’ means ‘mind’ and ‘soku’ means ‘here-now’ or ‘this.’ ‘Soku Shin Ze Butsu’ is translated by Gudo Nishijima Read More …