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October 18, 2012


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Interesting book:

Nagarjuna and the Philosophy of Openness. By Nancy McCagney


"Most Nagarjuna scholars agree that the idea of sunyata is central to Nagarjuna's version of Madhyamaka philosophy, and especially in his master work, the Mulamadhyamakakarika (MK). The term sunyata is usually translated as "emptiness," sometimes even as "nothingness." McCagney holds that the best translation within the context of Nagarjuna's work is "openness," tracing this aspect of its meaning from the metaphors of etheric space (akasa) used in such early Mahayana Buddhist sutras as the Astasahasrika Prajñaparamita and the Lankavatara. For McCagney, this concept of space, drawn from ancient Indian cosmology, denotes "a luminous ether, filled with light" (xx), a boundless openness not filled with essence."

In my experience Dogen's Zen is all about ritualism, monastic rules, and following rituals and monastic rules as perfectly as possible. For Dogen, ritualism and monasticism is the essence of Buddha's teaching. Everyone who studies his writings thoroughly or goes to live in a real, old skool Soto Zen temple, will come to the same conclusion.


Posture has everything to do with Dogen's Soto Zen.

Dogen claims, "Sitting is itself the treasury of the eye of true Dharma and the mystic mind of nirvana" (Carl Bielefeldt, Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation, p. 169)

You forgot to add that posture is just for practical reasons and has nothing to do with Zen. Or you think folding your legs in a special way, or forming a special mudra with the hands, is the cause of "seeing Absolute Mind"? That would be pretty absurd.

My master told me;

"Opinion doesn´t enter into IT. What is, simply is. That is its beauty."

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