Sunday, November 28, 2010

When a kitten succeeds

in catching its tail,

what has it gained?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

continuum (continued)

Satori is the continuum becoming conscious of it[self].

When it perceives itself as it is in itself, there is a satori.

Therefore there is in satori no differentiation of subject and object.

--- D.T. Suzuki


What is given us

primarily, immediately,

is a continuum

which is not divisible into atoms;

but as we "experience" it,

it divides itself

into an infinity of atoms.

--- from "Living by Zen" by D.T. Suzuki

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'conceptualized percepts'

From the first,

not a thing there is,

except what you have made

out of your own illusive mind.

---Ch'an text quoted by D.T. Suzuki

Monday, November 22, 2010

all is

There is no one to look.

There is no place to look.

There is What IS.

--- Wayne Liquorman

Sunday, November 21, 2010

a non-finite mirror reflecting everything

Q: What exactly do you mean when you say, or imply, that everything perceived is a "reflection of the perceiver?" Of the self of the perceiver?

A: Could there be such an entity---other than as a phenomenal reagent apparatus? All perception is presumably a reflection of what appears in what is conveniently referred to as "pure mind," commonly compared to a non-finite mirror which reflects everything, retains nothing, and has no cognisable existence.

Q: Whose notion is that?

A: To my knowledge Chuang Tzu described it first, and the T'ang dynasty Masters and their successors used the simile freely. "Mirror-Mind" has proved a helpful appellation.

Q:Does the "Mirror-Mind" perceive "ill-mannered bastards?"

A: The "Mirror-Mind," or what the term represents, perceives no thing whatever. Perception is phenomenal, and "ill-mannered bastards," or "sanctity" for that matter, is a conceptual interpretation on the part of what may be called a psychic complex.

Q: Then what is there really?

A: Why, no thing, of course! You are making figments and hurling them at one another--- like clowns with custard pies.

Q: What fools you make us out to be!

A: That, too, is a custard pie. "Self and other" are the oldest and most ubiquitous pair of clowns---the very archetypes of all clowns and of all clownishness.

--- Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Undivided, mind IS Apperceiving

Wei Wu Wei used a term I like very much: apperception.

The pointer of this term was to suggest perception without a perceiver, knowing without a knower.

This apperception is a knowing beyond the organism, a knowing that is TOTAL...not relative.

--- Wayne Liquorman

Thursday, November 18, 2010

mirror mind (direct non-volitional apperceiving)

The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection:

The water has no mind to receive their image.

--- Chuang Tzu

Friday, November 12, 2010

Just the no-facts, ma'am

There are no facts,

only interpretations.

--- Nietzsche

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Like an electric light discovering

that it, itself, is shining;

the awareness that is intrinsic,

discovers itself.

--- Sokei-an

Friday, November 5, 2010

the gateless gate

The layman Vimalakirti has asked each of the assembled Bodhisattvas to define non-duality. After each of them has given his view, he asks Manjusri to express his.

Manjusri says, "As I understand it, when there is not a word to utter, not a sign to see, nothing to take cognizance of, and when there is complete detachment from every form of questioning, then one enters the gate of non-duality."

Manjusri then asks, "O Vimalakirti, what is your view?"

Vimalakirti remains silent and does not utter a word.

"Well done, well done, indeed O Vimalakirti!" cries Manjusri. "This is really the way to enter the gate of non-duality, which no words can explain!"

from "Zen and Japanese Culture" by D.T. Suzuki

Thursday, November 4, 2010

intimate answer

If you want to be intimate with Reality,

no questions need to be asked---

for the answer is where they have not yet been raised.

--- D.T. Suzuki

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

doesn't it ?

Doesn't it "take time"

to "be present" ?

Monday, November 1, 2010

an absolute point where no dualism obtains

If you want to understand Zen, understand it right away without deliberation, without turning your head this way or that. For while you are doing this, the object you have been seeking for is no longer there. This doctrine of immediate grasping is characteristic of Zen.

If the Greeks taught us how to reason and Christianity what to believe, it is Zen that teaches us to go beyond logic and not to tarry even when we come up against "the things which are not seen." For the Zen point of view is to find an absolute point where no dualism in whatever form obtains.

Logic starts from the division of subject and object and belief distinguishes between what is seen and what is not seen. With Zen all these are swept aside as something veiling our insight into the nature of life and reality.

--- D.T. Suzuki