Conceptual division

The conceptual division of aspiration and rationality is as dualistic – hence, as untenable – as the independent existence of form and essence, appearance and reality, self and not-self, and every other dualistic notion exhibited by the hesitant, fearful, and repressed forms of passivity, often in the guise of scientific rationalism or radical skepticism. Excerpt Read More …

Seeing Not-Seeing

True seeing is active, intentional seeing; seeing that sees seeing as it is; sees that seeing is seeing/not-seeing. Likewise, true thinking is thinking that knows (thinks) thinking is thinking/not-thinking – called ‘nonthinking,’ and ‘right-thinking’ in Shobogenzo. Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Search for a New Worldview 

Facing reality squarely

[the] authentic Zen practitioner is one that directly and unconditionally faces whatever the world presents, no matter how difficult, uninviting, demanding, tedious, terrifying, or horrific. Contemporary ‘Zen’ doctrines or methods that encourage submission to and or detachment from the world as it is diverge widely from the classic Zen teachings which insist on giving focused Read More …