The Sole Ancestor

Each being sees ‘it’ in accordance with their unique integral character, thus fashions a realm of the self-same homeland that is novel from the realm of any other. As the various great mythologies are various dialects of the expression of the one mind or universal Buddha, the various sentient beings are various members of ‘one Read More …

Facing reality squarely

[the] authentic Zen practitioner is one that directly and unconditionally faces whatever the world presents, no matter how difficult, uninviting, demanding, tedious, terrifying, or horrific. Contemporary ‘Zen’ doctrines or methods that encourage submission to and or detachment from the world as it is diverge widely from the classic Zen teachings which insist on giving focused Read More …

Seeing true nature (kensho)

From the perspective of the individual, Zen practice-enlightenment consists in ‘seeing true nature’ (kensho) or ‘seeing Buddha’ (kenbutsu) and conducting oneself accordingly. Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Search for a New Worldview