Perniciousness of False Views in Zen and Cosmology

In recent decades our knowledge of the cosmos as well as our knowledge of Zen has greatly improved – and greatly altered – our understanding of both. New discoveries, advances in technology and methodology, and more extensive research have revealed much in both realms that was formerly unsuspected. As a result, whole new avenues of Read More …

Gratitude for Dogen Kigen: Mystical Realist and Bodhisattva Hee-Jin Kim

In Grateful Thanks to the Bodhisattva Hee-Jin Kim In 1975 many brought up on notions of Zen as “a special transmission outside of written teachings” were literally (pun intended) knocked off their cushions. 1975 was the year that Hee-Jin Kim’s landmark book, Dogen Kigen: Mystical Realist (revised and reissued as, Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist) was published. Professor Read More …

Metaphor and Zen

Metaphor and Zen   Both the dream state and the waking state are originally the one real nature. The Buddha-dharma, even if it is a metaphor, is the real nature. ~Dogen, Shobogenzo, Muchu-setsumu (Expounding a dream in a dream), Trans. Hee-Jin Kim, Flowers of Emptiness, p.284    If the new empirical results are taken seriously, Read More …