The supreme aim of Zen

Now, according to Zen, enlightenment or Buddhahood – the supreme aim of Zen – is realized by seeing one’s true nature (kensho) or seeing Buddha (kenbutsu). As we saw earlier, the Heart Sutra presents this experience in terms of ‘clearly seeing one’s body-mind is empty.’ Above we saw how Dogen, with the help of Layman Pang, emphasized that expressions like ‘clear seeing,’ ‘true nature,’ and ‘one’s body-mind’ are not esoteric, ambiguous, or superhuman; ‘clear seeing’ is dharmas as we perceive them, ‘true nature’ is dharmas as they are experienced, ‘one’s body-mind’ is dharmas one knows as one’s body-mind.