Beyond "Common" vs. "Sacred" ... All Is Set Free

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Buddhists may disagree on various interpretations of the fine points of Buddhist philosophy ...

... But when just sitting, in the perfect action of embodying enlightenment, there is nothing upon which to disagree ... nor anyone to disagree.

In a moment of Zazen, sitting as the Buddha sat, letting go of thoughts of this and that, we go beyond ideas of "delusion" vs. "realization", "common" vs. "sacred" ...

... Beyond words, all is set free.


Question Four:

... we should remember that from the beginning we have never lacked the supreme state of Bodhi [meaning "enlightenment"], and we will receive it and use it forever. At the same time, because we cannot perceive it directly we are prone to beget intellectual ideas, and because we chase after these as if they were real things, we vainly pass by the great state of truth. From these intellectual ideas emerge all sorts of flowers in space [meaning "phantom ideas"]; we think about the twelvefold cycle and the twenty-five spheres of existence; and ideas of the three vehicles and the five vehicles [meaning various details of Buddhist philosophy] or of having and not having are endless. We should not think that the leaning of these intellectual ideas is the right path of practice. When we solely sit in Zazen, on the other hand, relying now on exactly the same posture as the Buddha, and letting go of the myriad things, then we go beyond the areas of delusion, realization, emotion, and consideration, and we are not concerned with the ways of the common and the sacred. At once we are roaming outside the [intellectual] frame, receiving and using the great state of bodhi.  How could those caught in the trap of words compare [with this]?

From: Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth  - Nishijima-Cross [with some amendments according to Uchiyama]

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

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