Mind is Mountains, Rivers, and the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

‘Buddha’ and ‘one mind’ are not different things – ‘this mind is Buddha,’ and ‘Buddha’ is ‘all dharmas.’ If ‘all dharmas’ is ‘one mind,’ then each and every ‘particular dharma’ – being an essential element of ‘all dharmas’ – is mind (or Buddha). Thus Buddha (or mind) is all dharmas, therefore is each and every Read More …

The Living Nature of Emptiness

…whatever else might be true of emptiness, Shobogenzo attributes it with at least these positive characteristics: Emptiness is present in/as existence-time Emptiness is differentiated Emptiness is active Emptiness is sentient Emptiness is intelligible Emptiness is communicable Even after this short foray into Dogen’s treatment of emptiness, it is clear that his vision cannot be understood Read More …

Form Is Emptiness, Emptiness Is form

Here it may be worth noticing an obvious truth: to experience (epistemology) one’s form (ontology) as empty necessarily requires one to have a form. Hence, it is inevitable that any and every actual experience of emptiness is and must also be an actual experience of form. To clearly see, one must have a form with Read More …