Implications of Interdependence

If reality is infinite and eternal ‘we,’ being interdependent with the myriad dharmas, must be infinite and eternal – to verify Zen’s affirmation that reality is infinite and eternal would be to, thereby, verify our experiential capacity (our human normality) is infinite and eternal. If it were not, we could not experience it to be Read More …

Our experiential capacities

If we are to experience the myriad dharmas ‘as they are’ then, obviously, our experiential capacities must be able to acquaint us with reality. To give credence to dualists or pseudo-Zen cultists that claim ‘we do not experience reality as it is,’ we would need to be convinced that such a claim was valid, or Read More …

Seeing is believing

Existence is experience, experience is existence – seeing is believing, believing is seeing. Seeing is fashioning and fashioning is expressing; the clearer the seeing the more effective the fashioning and the greater the reality expressed. Dogen says, “Total existence is Buddha-nature” (Shobogenzo, Bussho) – every expression is an expression of Buddha, an instance of Buddha-nature. Read More …