Friday, November 11, 2011

Understated Reality

When Zen unconditionally emphasizes one’s immediate experience as the final fact on which it is established it may well ignore all the scriptural sources as altogether unessential to its truth.

D. T. Suzuki in his 1927 essay Doctrine Of Enlightenment gives us a juicy tidbit to sink our mental teeth into, but our teeth never touch anything but the nothingness of a thought. Suzuki is considered an expert on Buddhism, but he is much more than that. He is able to describe Zen using our primitive language, and that in itself is a monumental achievement. Zen is an aspect of consciousness. Consciousness is the energy that fuels as well as experiences this physical reality.

Our physical life implies a source where the physical originates. Suzuki called Zen the act of doing without doing, which is a function of the psyche. Zen is non-physical energy that functions between the creases of the mind, and fuels it with high-test awareness. Zen consciousness is always in a state of becoming. It has no precise boundaries in the action of becoming.

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