Creative Enlightenment

True Self is the Self


existed before the division of heaven and earth


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


is able to see this.

The human who does see this

is said to have seen into

one’s own nature


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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