Manifesting the Universe

Zen cosmology recognizes the universe as a continuous, creative activity – a ceaseless, dynamic ‘advance into novelty.’ In fact, Zen practice-enlightenment itself is understood to be a mutually coordinated process between objective and subjective reality in a continuous ‘actualization of the universe’ (genjokoan). ‘Genjokoan,’ (genjo; realization, and koan; public case, dharma, also, yin-yang or universe) Read More …

Experiencing is fashioning

To experience sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations, and thoughts is to fashion sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations, and thoughts. Sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations, and thoughts exhaust the modes in which reality manifests. A Zen practitioner is one that continuously strives to increase their capacities to fashion these six ever-advancing streams of Read More …

The supreme aim of Zen

Now, according to Zen, enlightenment or Buddhahood – the supreme aim of Zen – is realized by seeing one’s true nature (kensho) or seeing Buddha (kenbutsu). As we saw earlier, the Heart Sutra presents this experience in terms of ‘clearly seeing one’s body-mind is empty.’ Above we saw how Dogen, with the help of Layman Read More …