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January 23, 2014


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For Mau, I would highly recommend looking at Nisargadatta's book, "I Am That". It is available online for free as a pdf and you can buy it as a book, as well. Nisargadatta was not a Zen Buddhist, but he discusses the very same issues raised in this blog in great detail, with no mumbo-jumbo at all. The real issue to resolve is "Who am I?" "What Am I?" Nisargadatta has 475 pages devoted solely to finding out the answer to that question. I have been studying it for about 6 months now and it has been an enormous help to my Zen practice. Good Luck.

Try Bassui.


Hi, I came across your blog after reading a bit of the Shobogenzo and feeling some contradictions with the Pali Canon. I am still very new to Zen buddhism and am wondering what some suggested readings are that you consider more accurate than Dogen's "just sitting".

A bhiksu once declared to his master: "You have said that, above all, the mind is Buddha, but I don't know which mind is the Buddha."

"How many minds do you have?" questioned the master.

"Is the worldly mind or the holy mind the Buddha?" asked the Bhiksu.

The master then asked: "Exactly where do you find the worldly and the holy minds?"

The bhiksu observed: "The Three Vehicles constantly speak of worldly and holy, so how can you say they don't exist?"

The master replied: "Wouldn't it be incorrect to think of emptiness as really existing? Merely wipe out the worldly-and-holy view."

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