The true nature of reason (dori)

Insofar as it is real, ‘reason’ is only actualized as particular thoughts, words, and deeds by particular beings in and as particular place-times. No rational thought, word, or deed has ever been realized apart from a particular being’s aspiration to realize it. No aspiration has ever been realized apart from a particular being’s ability to Read More …

Our experiential capacities

If we are to experience the myriad dharmas ‘as they are’ then, obviously, our experiential capacities must be able to acquaint us with reality. To give credence to dualists or pseudo-Zen cultists that claim ‘we do not experience reality as it is,’ we would need to be convinced that such a claim was valid, or Read More …

Normal Seeing is Enlightened Seeing

A Buddha is one that sees normally, not through some supernormal power, but through seeing as it is. One that clearly sees through seeing, truly hears through hearing, actually smells through smelling; has verified that ‘flavor’ is what the tongue tastes, and the means whereby the tongue tastes. Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Read More …