Kensho: the Beginning of Zen Practice-Enlightenment

Kensho: the Beginning of Zen Practice-Enlightenment After some effort in pre-realization practice, awareness of the universal mirror prajna suddenly occurs. Zen texts often describe this as kensho (seeing into true nature). Dogen Zenji often refers to this as ‘body and mind cast off’ or ‘forgetting the self’. This initial experience can vary widely in depth Read More …

Buddhahood

Buddhahood… When the experience of Buddhahood is described, it is usually simply described as indescribable.” In Genjokoan, Dogen not only describes characteristics like “buddhas do not know they are buddhas” and that buddhas “continuously actualize Buddhahood,” he also describes why and how that is. The Genjokoan explains: Mustering the whole body-and-mind to look at forms, Read More …

Burnt Matchstick

Here-Now Louie Wing held up a burnt matchstick and said, “This matchstick is the vast, unnamable, fathomless void. All the universes in all the meta-verses are totally contained within it. Not only that, but each superstring in each subatomic particle, in each atom, in each molecule, also contain all of space and time, and each Read More …