The winking, smiling, flower-twirling moon

When the dualist points to the moon and proclaims the moon does not wink, twirl flowers or smile, the Zen master may point out that it is no ‘rice-cake’ either; more likely, the master will simply wink, twirl a flower, or smile. For Dogen’s part, he offers up the Shobogenzo, Bussho fascicle, thus inviting us Read More …

Our experiential capacities

If we are to experience the myriad dharmas ‘as they are’ then, obviously, our experiential capacities must be able to acquaint us with reality. To give credence to dualists or pseudo-Zen cultists that claim ‘we do not experience reality as it is,’ we would need to be convinced that such a claim was valid, or Read More …

Zen: an unceasing advance into novelty

In Zen’s vision, reality itself consists of the expression of Dharma, an unceasing advance into novelty, an ongoing creative activity. Zen practice-enlightenment (shusho) is genjokoan, ‘actualizing the fundamental point’ – not the actualized, actual, or actualize of past, present, or future, but a ceaseless actualization of existence-time here-now which fully includes and transcends past, present, Read More …