At Treeleaf Zendo, we don't deny the reality of kensho (experiences of enlightenment) in our Soto Zen tradition. At the same time, we let go of past experiences to allow the light of shikantaza ("just sitting") into our life. True awakening is found in the activity of truly meeting the world and manifesting wisdom without any self awareness. Enlightened activity is the daily practice in which the Dharma Wheel is turned. Sodo Yokoyama (seen at left), one of Kodo Sawaki's students and Dharma heirs, wrote:
"In Zazen there is no delusion, no satori, no deluded people, and no Buddhas. And it is for that reason, because from the beginning there is no delusion, no satori, no saint, and no sinner in Zazen that we haveshikantaza -- just sitting. Since there are no delusions in the past and no satori now, there is no need to seek Buddha and no hell to fall into (...)"
Once you are home, once Buddha is Buddha and you are yourself, how can there be any traces left? The eyes cannot see themselves, they are open on the open itself which is all form and space. The dynamic activity of being is the real thing, the awareness unaware of itself, flowing naturally, spontaneously. [Click through to hear today's talk, and to "sit-a-long" with today's video.]
Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.