I recently read an essay written by Nishijima Roshi back in 1992, entitled "Understanding The Shobogenzo".


It's a relatively short essay, some 30 pages, but he talks quite eloquently about why the Shobogenzo can be difficult to understand when approached with typical logical thought, contradictions etc.

Nishijima Roshi then outlines a system of dividing the chapters based on subjective viewpoint, objective viewpoint, actual (realistic) and reality, which he refers to as his SOAR structure.

I'm just curious if anybody else has read this essay? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading.