Perniciousness of False Views in Zen and Cosmology

In recent decades our knowledge of the cosmos as well as our knowledge of Zen has greatly improved – and greatly altered – our understanding of both. New discoveries, advances in technology and methodology, and more extensive research have revealed much in both realms that was formerly unsuspected. As a result, whole new avenues of Read More …

The Anti-Intellectual Fallacy of Zen

Zen and the anti-intellectual fallacy In direct contradiction to the longstanding notion that Zen was aloof from, or even disparaging of literary and philosophical pursuits, scholarship has shown that such pursuits are actually considered to be essential elements of authentic Zen practice. Learning and study, it turns out, is as integral to Zen practice as Read More …

What is Wrong with Duality?

What is wrong with duality? Posted some weeks back was a quote from Hee-Jin Kim which merits a little more exploration. Here is the quote:  In the Shobogenzo, “Bendowa” (1231), Dogen succinctly enunciates his Zen: “The endeavor to negotiate the Way (bendo), as I teach now, consists in discerning all things in view of enlightenment, and putting Read More …