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 …

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 …