As in gazing at the moon ...
... it is a knowing not of intellectual knowledge
Somebody just sent a "moon" story so appropriate, I have to reprint it here ...
In a moment of zazen, attainment drops away, and dropping away drops away.
Three monks, Hseuh-feng, Ch’in-shan, and Yen-t’ou, met in the temple garden. Hseuh-feng saw a water pail and pointed to it.
Ch’in-shan said: “The water is clear and the moon reflects its image.”
“No, no,” Hseuh-feng said, “it is not water, it is not moon.”
Yen-t’ou turned over the pail.
Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way, to attain one thing is to penetrate one thing; to meet one practice is to sustain one practice. Here is the place; here the way unfolds. The boundary of realization is not distinct, for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma. Do not suppose that what you realize becomes your knowledge and is grasped by your intellect. Although actualized immediately, the inconceivable may not be apparent. Its appearance is beyond your knowledge. [Aitken & Tanahashi]
Similarly, if someone is practicing and experiencing Buddhism, when he receives one teaching, he just realizes that one teaching, and when he meets one [opportunity to] act, he just performs that one action. This is the state in which the place exists and the way is realized, and this is why we cannot clearly recognize where [the place and the way] are—because such recognition and the perfect realization of Buddhism appear together and are experienced together. Do not think that what you have attained will inevitably enter your own consciousness and be recognized by your intellect. The experience of the ultimate state is realized at once, but a mystical something does not always manifest itself. Realization is not always definite. [Nishijima]
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