What is our ‘self’ – total existence-time

We know that we are “people who are it” just from the fact that we want to attain “the matter that is it.” Already we possess the real features of a “person who is it”; we should not worry about the already present “matter that is it.” Even worry itself is just “the matter that Read More …

Aspiration for Enlightenment (bodhicitta)

The aspiration for enlightenment (bodhicitta), according to Zen, is an inherent quality of the human condition. Indeed, when we directly observe our own knowledge/experience our desire to know ourself is self-evident. And just as water is naturally available for the fulfillment of our inherent desire to slake our thirst, the myriad dharmas are naturally available Read More …

Buddhahood – Human Normality

Again, where the common worldview asserts the inherent unreliability of subjective reality (i.e. the realm of experience or knowledge), Zen recognizes subjective reality as the only realm wherein things, beings, and events are encountered and ever could be encountered. Further, where the common view sees ‘imperfection’ or ‘unreliability’ as the epitome (hence ‘normality’) of the Read More …