This Mind Is Buddha – Soku Shin Ze Butsu

The reasoning of the nonduality of ‘knower’ and ‘known’ in Zen is clearly presented in an early fascicle of Shobogenzo titled, Soku Shin Ze Butsu; This Mind is Buddha. ‘Buddha’ is ‘Butsu,’ ‘this mind’ is ‘soku shin’; ‘shin’ means ‘mind’ and ‘soku’ means ‘here-now’ or ‘this.’ ‘Soku Shin Ze Butsu’ is translated by Gudo Nishijima Read More …

The Emptiness of the Self is the Emptiness of Other Than Self

Emptiness, Self and Other Than Self It now is me, I now am not It. ~Tung-Shan [Translation by Thomas Cleary, Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues, Shambhala, (1998), p. 206] Because form is empty of self it is empty of other than self; having no self, form has no other. The same reasoning applies to emptiness; Read More …

Ideas do not taint true practice

After a talk, Marilynn said, “Sometimes you say that spiritual practice is not necessary, and sometimes you say that we must cease conceptualization. I am confused.” Louie Wing said, “True spiritual practice is not tainted with the idea of spiritual practice. Ceasing conceptualization is not ceasing thought. Spiritual practice does not create reality; it directs Read More …