The second tree in the Garden of Eden

In the biblical creation stories, Adam and Eve lived in perfect unity with God and nature. They did not even know they were different from each other. This is how infants are; they do not discriminate between themselves and their mothers or the environment. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the knowledge of Read More …

Samsara (the wheel of life and death) Nirvana (liberation from life and death)

If a person looks for buddha outside of life and death, that is like pointing a cart north and making for [the south country of] Etsu, or like facing south and hoping to see the North Star. Read More …

Dogen on Zen Sectarianism

Dogen on Zen Sectarianism Do not concede that the Buddha-Dharma might even exist among people who claim to be ‘the Zen sect.’ Who has invented the name ‘Zen sect’? None of the buddhas and ancestral masters has ever used the name ‘Zen sect.’ Shobogenzo, Butsudo, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross The identification of Dogen’s doctrine Read More …