The Buddha's Wisdom Made Real ...

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(BENDOWA XVIII)

In other words ...

    In a moment of sitting Zazen, you and all things of the universe are no less than the Buddha sitting Zazen under the Bodhi Tree, attaining realization and commencing to teach (the meaning of "turn the Dharma Wheel"), expounding and expressing the profound state of Prajna.

(Prajna is a wonderful term that means Buddhist wisdom, understanding, discernment ... grasping the heart of the Buddha's teachings and ending suffering.)

In other words ...

    If one sees Zazen, not merely as our trying to be a Buddha someday, but as the Buddha himself acting perfectly Buddha-like right there ... and if you see the very sitting of Zazen as making all the world right, and just the way it should be ... if if you see Zazen as the Buddha's wisdom made real ...

.... THEN IT MIGHT REALLY BE SO, AND YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE THAT.

SEEING ZAZEN AS SO, MAY TRULY MAKE THE WORLD SO 


  
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When one displays the buddha mudra with one's whole body and mind, sitting upright in this samadhi even for a short time, everything in the entire dharma world becomes buddha mudra, and all space in the universe completely becomes enlightenment. Therefore, it enables buddha-tathagatas to increase the dharma joy of their own original grounds and renew the adornment of the way of awakening. Simultaneously, all living beings of the dharma world in the ten directions and six realms become clear and pure in body and mind, realize great emancipation, and their own original face appears. At that time, all things together awaken to supreme enlightenment and utilize the buddha-body, immediately go beyond the culmination of awakening, and sit upright under the kingly bodhi tree. At the same time, they turn the incomparable, great dharma wheel and begin expressing ultimate and unfabricated profound prajna.

From: Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way - Kosho Uchiyama (with Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Daniel Leighton)





(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)


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