Zazen-Only: True Objectless Meditation – Just Sitting; Shikantaza

Even though this is the ideal, there are some people today who, alas, are devoid of any fundamental spiritual aspirations, having no spiritual goal that they seek, and are not the least concerned over their delusive entanglements with both ordinary people and those in lofty positions. ~Shobogenzo, Keisei Sanshoku, Hubert Nearman Commonly, promoters of simplistic Read More …

Zen Flowers: Myriad Forms of Emptiness

The realization of this prajnaparamita is the realization of buddha-bhagavats. We should inquire into it, and we should experience it.  ~Shobogenzo, Maka-hannya-haramitsu, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross In this same fascicle Dogen says “clear seeing is prajna itself,” meaning not only that all forms, things, beings, etc. are “real dharmas,” but also that all real Read More …

Zen Koans – Mumonkan Case 37

Mumonkan: Case 37 A monk asked Chao-chou, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from the west?” Chao-chou said, “The oak tree in the courtyard.” Robert Aitken, The Gateless Barrier, p.226 Whatever else is going on in this koan, which appears in longer versions in other classic Zen texts, it is clear enough that Joshu’s Read More …