The Very Things, Beings, and Events Right Here-Now

The point to get is that, in Zen, it is not dharmas in general but particular dharmas that are recognized as the fundamental elements, or better activity, of the universe as it is. The universe spoken of by Shobogenzo as ‘this mind,’ ‘Buddha,’ ‘one mind,’ or ‘all dharmas’ is not merely the sum of all Read More …

Why a Sage is Called a Sage

A sage does not hold views of self and other that is why a sage is called a sage. A sage realizes that each particular thing is at once all things, and when each thing is all things, all things are no-thing. Realizing that there is no-thing, where could fear or greed abide? The Flatbed Read More …

Buddhahood

Buddhahood… When the experience of Buddhahood is described, it is usually simply described as indescribable.” In Genjokoan, Dogen not only describes characteristics like “buddhas do not know they are buddhas” and that buddhas “continuously actualize Buddhahood,” he also describes why and how that is. The Genjokoan explains: Mustering the whole body-and-mind to look at forms, Read More …