Shohaku Okumura

‘Take, for example, how European people though that the sun, the moon, and the stars all moved around the earth, until the discoveries of Galileo proved otherwise. From a certain perspective, Galileo’s discoveries were indeed a great accomplishment, yet in reality, the earth has been orbiting the sun since its birth forty-six billion years ago, regardless of what Galileo or anyone else has ever said or thought; human thought has only existed a fraction as long as the earth and sun. Although we usually place great importance on what we think, our thinking cannot change the vast reality of all beings.’ (Realizing Genjokoan)

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