Conceptual division

The conceptual division of aspiration and rationality is as dualistic – hence, as untenable – as the independent existence of form and essence, appearance and reality, self and not-self, and every other dualistic notion exhibited by the hesitant, fearful, and repressed forms of passivity, often in the guise of scientific rationalism or radical skepticism. Excerpt 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 …

Seeing Not-Seeing

True seeing is active, intentional seeing; seeing that sees seeing as it is; sees that seeing is seeing/not-seeing. Likewise, true thinking is thinking that knows (thinks) thinking is thinking/not-thinking – called ‘nonthinking,’ and ‘right-thinking’ in Shobogenzo. Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Search for a New Worldview