Buddhas continuously actualize Buddhahood

Nevertheless, buddhas are buddhas and continuously actualize Buddhahood.
(Genjokoan)

The condition of Buddhahood is not something that is gained, but something that is discovered and activated; that is, the nature of delusion is illumined and your original Buddhahood is realized. Of course, this experience is only called Buddhahood to differentiate it from delusion. When you speak of a state beyond delusion you call it “Buddhahood.” However, in the absolute sense, as in Dogen’s opening lines to Genjokoan, there is nothing to be grasped (no buddhas, no ordinary beings, etc.) and in the transcendent sense, buddhas and ordinary beings always contain and include each other.

In the actual experience of Buddhahood all names and labels are meaningless; for from the perspective of oneness or emptiness, differentiation does not exist. Even “oneness” is a relative term–that is, oneness is relative and only valid in contrast to multiplicity. Therefore, when differentiation is truly dissolved so, too, is oneness or Buddhahood.

~The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing

4 thoughts on “Buddhas continuously actualize Buddhahood”

  1. Hola Amigo,

    This shirt is never far from me. Arghh!!!!
    I used to believe that I would never be able to put it this 7 lb shirt. The question for me now is; can I put it down?

    Off to cleaning I go!

    Peace,
    “Y”

  2. Hello Barry,

    Yes, this is lovely.

    I certainly apprecieate Joshu’s response about the 7 pound cloth shirt.

    Once, at a fabric store, I weighed out 7 pounds of cloth to see how big it might be.

    Peace,
    Ted

  3. ZM Seung Sahn, and his dharma heirs, ask one kong-an of students who have almost completed the basic course of kong-ans: “The ten thousand things return to the one. Where does the one return to?”

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