Objective Reality and Subjective Reality are Coessential Elements of a Single Unified Reality

  It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. ~Jonathan Swift   Do not misunderstand Buddhism by believing the erroneous principle ‘a special tradition outside the scriptures.’ ~Zen Master Dogen, Shobogenzo, Bukkyo   The criticism of specific doctrines and literary expressions has frequently been superficially Read More …

The nondual nature of aspiration and realization, desire and fulfillment

This yellow flower, that melodious bird-song, this particular doubt, that specific memory – this very life-and-death – as it is here-now is the sacred life of Buddha; thus Shobogenzo presents and elucidates the nondual nature of aspiration and realization, desire and fulfillment. Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Search for a New Worldview 

Aspiration for enlightenment (embodying the Buddha Way)

… authentic aspiration for enlightenment (bodhicitta) only manifests as particular instances of genuine desire to deliver all beings from suffering, realize liberation from all greed, hatred, and ignorance, awaken to all truths, and fully embody the Buddha Way. In short, a person who genuinely aspires for enlightenment must ‘already be a person who is it.’ Read More …