Creative Enlightenment

We must know that it is not enough just to see what the Mind is,

we must put into practice all that makes it up in our daily life.

We may talk about it glibly……

we may write books to explain it…..

but that is far from being enough.

However much we may talk about water

and

describe it quite intelligently,

that does not make it real water.

So with fire.

Mere talking of it will not make the mouth burn.

To know what they are means …..

require to experience them in actual concreteness.

A book on cooking will not cure our hunger…..

To feel satisfied we must have actual food.

So

long as we do not go beyond mere talking…..

we are not true knowers.

Takuan Soho

(1573 – 1645 ).

Takuan’s character and mastery of Zen impressed his fellow monks. At the unprecedented age of 36…

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Creative Enlightenment

True Self is the Self

that

existed before the division of heaven and earth

and

before one’s father and mother were born.

This Self is the Self within me,

the birds and the beasts,

the grasses and the trees

and all phenomena.

It is excatly what is called ‘Buddha Nature”.

This Self has no shape or form,

has no birth, has no death.

It is not a Self that can be seen

with the aid of

your present physical eye.

Only the human who has received

enlightenment

is able to see this.

The human who does see this

is said to have seen into

one’s own nature

and

became a Buddha.

It is to use neither thought

nor reasoning

and to look straight ahead.

Takuan Soho

(1573 – 1645 ).

Takuan’s character and mastery of Zen impressed his fellow monks. At the unprecedented age of 36, Takuan was made…

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