Total Existence

The myriad dharmas are not arbitrary occurrences, but instances of existence-time – expressions of Buddha – to be ordered and arranged actively by the enlightened mind or passively by the deluded mind. The enlightened mind is the normal human capacity to intentionally discern and distinguish, hence concentrate and unify, the ceaseless-stream of sights, sounds, smells, Read More …

The winking, smiling, flower-twirling moon

When the dualist points to the moon and proclaims the moon does not wink, twirl flowers or smile, the Zen master may point out that it is no ‘rice-cake’ either; more likely, the master will simply wink, twirl a flower, or smile. For Dogen’s part, he offers up the Shobogenzo, Bussho fascicle, thus inviting us Read More …

Buddhahood – Human Normality

Again, where the common worldview asserts the inherent unreliability of subjective reality (i.e. the realm of experience or knowledge), Zen recognizes subjective reality as the only realm wherein things, beings, and events are encountered and ever could be encountered. Further, where the common view sees ‘imperfection’ or ‘unreliability’ as the epitome (hence ‘normality’) of the Read More …