Teachings at the perform of things-as-they-are, via commentaries on a mythical chinese language Zen figure.
the enjoyment of “suchness”—the final and actual nature inherent in all appearance—shines in the course of the teachings attributed to Dongshan Liangjie (807–869), the mythical founding father of the Caodong lineage of Chan Buddhism (the predecessor of Soto Zen). Taigen Dan Leighton seems to be on the teachings attributed to Dongshan—in his Recorded Sayings and within the a number of koans within which he's featured as a character—to exhibit the subtlety and intensity of the instructing at the nature of truth that Dongshan expresses. integrated are an research of the well known educating poem “Jewel replicate Samadhi,” and of the certainty of specific and common expressed within the educating of the 5 levels. “The teachings embedded within the tales approximately Dongshan offer a wealthy legacy that has been sustained in perform traditions,” says Taigen. “Dongshan’s refined teachings approximately engagement with suchness stay important this present day for Zen humans and come for all those that desire to locate that means amid the demanding situations to fashionable lives.”
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15 Such anxiousness in regards to the time may be thought of extra a mirrored image of Sengmi’s “commoner turning into a excessive minister,” the practitioner toiling to purify himself with nice attempt through the years to climb to an increased prestige, and hoping to get there really quickly. probably Dongshan’s white rabbit, “after generations of the Aristocracy, quickly fallen into poverty,” may also be apprehensive approximately his velocity, to the level that the bodhisattva is fooled in his fallen country and “has such sorrow,” earlier than recalling his generations of noble woke up ancestors. apparently, the white rabbit crossing Alice’s course dives right into a gap, and she or he unhesitatingly follows. Diving down the opening after the white rabbit, she needs to fall into misery with a view to realize herself in a wonderland, the place issues develop into “curiouser and curiouser. ” All traditional feel of common sense and share has fallen far-off, simply as good judgment and share are remodeled within the depictions of wondrous buddha fields and natural lands within the Mahāyāna sutras. The feel of ask yourself and awe abundantly expressed via Alice is suitable in those impressive buddha nation-states, in addition. yet Alice didn't arrive in her wonderland by way of mountain climbing and suffering as much as a few increased nation. quite, she involves this by means of easily diving down, and her wonderland abides to be had below the floor, correct underneath her toes. this isn't except the gap lower than the floor from whence emerge the bodhisattvas within the “Springing Up from the Earth” bankruptcy of the Lotus Sutra. sixteen those bodhisattvas abide ever current underground, able to spring forth as had to show the truth of the Buddha’s basic omnipresence, that is additionally celebrated by means of Dongshan in his reaction to the white rabbit. White Rabbit perform In a newer invocation, Grace Slick, in her 1967 anthem “White Rabbit” at the Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow album, sings, “One tablet makes you greater, and one tablet makes you small, and those that mom provides, don’t do whatever in any respect. ” certainly, within the direction of cultivation, for commoners operating to turn into eminent, a few practices make you greater, supplying a lofty point of view that can result in self-inflation, and a few practices make you small, both through a slim concentration of focus or throughout the humbling information of one’s self-centeredness. might be from Dongshan’s perspective of the foundational generations of the Aristocracy and the stark immediacy of suchness, the practices that Buddha supplies additionally “don’t do whatever in any respect. ” instead of generating dramatic elevation or diminishment, the practices of Dongshan’s Buddha easily remind the practitioner of the interior uprightness, dignity, and the Aristocracy of intrinsic awakening. the consequences of his reaction to Sengmi after encountering the white rabbit comprise Dongshan’s advocation of practices to right away realize the woke up features of kindness and wisdom to be had shortly, and realize the truth of simply this suchness. trying to get away to a couple loftier realm isn't the aspect.