Sokei-An

‘Go to Fifth Avenue and buy any image of the Buddha. In all the images, the Buddha is represented as meditating. He is teaching his religion – his attitude of attaining enlightenment. That is Buddhism. The Buddha did not dispute like a philosopher; he practiced meditation. But he did not merely practice meditation; he cultivated his power of samadhi. He forcefully meditated on his own soul so he could penetrate through the universe with his soul and not call it his soul any more. There is no “his soul”, there is no “soul of God.” It was through samadhi that the Buddha transformed himself into the universe. He became the universe.
Of course, what he found was not philosophy. Philosophy is the way to find the truth by systematized logic. To practice samadhi, we do not need logic.’ (The Zen Eye)

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