Zen Form Zen Reality

Just at this moment of bowing in veneration, prajna is realized as explanations that can be understood: [explanations] from “precepts, balance, and wisdom,” to “saving sentient beings,” and so on. This state is described as being without. Explanations of the state of “being without” can thus be understood. Such is the profound, subtle, unfathomable prajna Read More …

Bodhi: How do we know that it exists?

Supreme Truth of Bodhi Expressions of truth are actualized by the skillful and creative application of the subjective energy and volition of the practitioner. Obviously, such skill could hardly be cultivated and developed by turning away or detaching from the world. As a Buddhist master, Dogen understood and taught that authentic practice-enlightenment demanded practitioners to Read More …

Zen: Emptiness, Interdependence, and the True Nature of Skillful Means

Zen: Emptiness, Interdependence, and the True Nature of Skillful Means   For a variety of reasons, traditional and scholarly accounts have tended to portray the “skillful means” (upaya) of Zen one-sidedly – that is as mere provisional devices, temporary expedients necessary only for guiding novices to the “real” goal that is more significant than and Read More …