The Very Things, Beings, and Events Right Here-Now

The point to get is that, in Zen, it is not dharmas in general but particular dharmas that are recognized as the fundamental elements, or better activity, of the universe as it is. The universe spoken of by Shobogenzo as ‘this mind,’ ‘Buddha,’ ‘one mind,’ or ‘all dharmas’ is not merely the sum of all Read More …

Gratitude for Dogen Kigen: Mystical Realist and Bodhisattva Hee-Jin Kim

In Grateful Thanks to the Bodhisattva Hee-Jin Kim In 1975 many brought up on notions of Zen as “a special transmission outside of written teachings” were literally (pun intended) knocked off their cushions. 1975 was the year that Hee-Jin Kim’s landmark book, Dogen Kigen: Mystical Realist (revised and reissued as, Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist) was published. Professor Read More …

Self-Fulfilling Samadhi

Self-Fulfilling Samadhi   From the stage of the beginner onward, to continue experiencing together both the self and the external world is to be in touch with the ultimate state of communion. As we work on the self, so we should promote the work of the external world. … In conclusion, expressions of the self Read More …