What Can Be Understood

Truth can never be told as to be understood, and not be believ’d. ~William Blake Zen agrees, and would only add that something not understood can never be believed, never be told (expressed) – and never be true (existent). For, our actual understanding or vision of the things, beings, and events we hope for is Read More …

Words of Buddha

As expressions of Buddha, dharmas are scriptures (sutras); words of Buddha. To see the true nature of a mountain or ocean is to accurately understand an expression of Buddha, to understand an expression of Buddha is to see Buddha (kenbutsu). Accordingly, to see Buddha (kenbutsu) is to hear and understand dharmas as ‘this sutra.’ Excerpt Read More …

This Mind Is Buddha – Soku Shin Ze Butsu

The reasoning of the nonduality of ‘knower’ and ‘known’ in Zen is clearly presented in an early fascicle of Shobogenzo titled, Soku Shin Ze Butsu; This Mind is Buddha. ‘Buddha’ is ‘Butsu,’ ‘this mind’ is ‘soku shin’; ‘shin’ means ‘mind’ and ‘soku’ means ‘here-now’ or ‘this.’ ‘Soku Shin Ze Butsu’ is translated by Gudo Nishijima Read More …