Words of Buddha

As expressions of Buddha, dharmas are scriptures (sutras); words of Buddha. To see the true nature of a mountain or ocean is to accurately understand an expression of Buddha, to understand an expression of Buddha is to see Buddha (kenbutsu). Accordingly, to see Buddha (kenbutsu) is to hear and understand dharmas as ‘this sutra.’ Excerpt Read More …

The Very Things, Beings, and Events Right Here-Now

The point to get is that, in Zen, it is not dharmas in general but particular dharmas that are recognized as the fundamental elements, or better activity, of the universe as it is. The universe spoken of by Shobogenzo as ‘this mind,’ ‘Buddha,’ ‘one mind,’ or ‘all dharmas’ is not merely the sum of all Read More …

Why a Sage is Called a Sage

A sage does not hold views of self and other that is why a sage is called a sage. A sage realizes that each particular thing is at once all things, and when each thing is all things, all things are no-thing. Realizing that there is no-thing, where could fear or greed abide? The Flatbed Read More …