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Message from Henry: A Little Reflection on Zen History

Dogen said, “Practice is enlightenment; enlightenment is practice.” Tahui said: “There never was any delusion, nor any realization.” These statements are completely clear, yet we shouldn’t mistake what they mean. They are speaking from the perspective of complete awakening. Outside of that point of view, what they’re saying does not make sense. In a sense, […]

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Message from Henry: Five Skandhas

When like and dislike do not arise, the Way stands clear.  – from the Shinjinmei These are the five “skandhas” or “aggregates”: matter or form (rupa), sensation or feeling (vedana), perception or recognition (sañña), mental formations or reactions (sankhara), consciousness (viññana). The five skandhas are not just basic elements of experience, but constitute stages in […]

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