Firewood becomes ash, and it does not become firewood again. Yet, do not suppose that the ash is after and the firewood before. You should understand that firewood abides in the phenomenal expression of firewood, which fully includes before and after and is independent of before and after. Ash abides in the phenomenal expression of ash, which fully includes before and after. Just as firewood does not become firewood again after it is ash, you do not return to birth after death. Continue reading
Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas;
This statement from Genjo Koan says that all we can do is to see what is false and to see where we have been deluded and have deluded ourselves. To begin to fathom the extent to which we have entertained concepts about our existence in place of direct perception of our reality is a key to awakening. Out basic belief about who and what we are is based on a concept which is a thought-form that we have subscribed to. Continue reading
Actualizing the Fundamental point
By Zen Master Dogen Zenji
[My thoughts while contemplating these lines are below.]
“As all things are buddha-dharma, there is delusion and realization, practice, and birth and death, and there are buddhas and sentient beings.
As the myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death.
The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many and the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Continue reading