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kensho and satori

 

Questions to Master Deshimaru

Question

What is kensho?

Answer

Kensho means looking at one's own nature, seeing one's satori. It is a technical term used in Rinzai Zen. It

is the master who certifies the satori. Kensho is the same as the "know thyself" of the ancients. We have no

noumenon. If you understand that, it's satori. You return to the cosmic order. That is the satori of

Shakyamuni Buddha under the Bodhi tree. He understood that he had no noumenon, that he was

connected to the cosmic order, the cosmic power, and then he experienced satori. When he stood up again

he had solved everything. In forty-nine days his entire karma was liberated. Every day a girl brought milk

for him to drink and gave him a massage. And in the end he understood that there was no noumenon,

nothing. The only noumenon is the fundamental cosmic power. Buddha's satori is that. It's the same

during zazen, and if you believe you will not need kensho. During zazen you are connected to the cosmic

order.

 

Chien-hsing (kensho in Japanese). The term chien-hsing is usually translated by "looking into one's nature." However, we must be aware of the connotation of the word hsing (), which means not only mere nature or disposition but also "the ultimate constituent" of being. The self-nature is the ultimate nature of oneself. A remarkable statement issued by Hui-neng indicates that hsing is something behind the human mind and emerges from the absolute essence, that is, the essence of Buddhahood: "They will see their own minds, their own nature, and the true Buddha" (見自心自性真仏). The Chinese text also means that "one who sees his own mind and his own nature is the true Buddha." Hui-neng considered the pursuit of purity to be an act of attachment. Attachment results from the gap between the objective reality and the subjective self. He thought Zen must be totally independent from any outer and inner circumstances of meditation. He taught his disciples and said: "Good friends, in this teaching from the outset sitting in meditation does not concern the mind nor does it concern purity.In this teaching 'sitting' [tso in Chinese, za in Japanese] means without any obstruction anywhere, outwardly and under all circumstances, not to activate thoughts. 'Meditation' [ch'an in Chinese, zen in Japanese] is internally to see the original nature and no to become confused.vedeti mai mult pe siturile de mai jos:/See more on: :

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