Torei

‘”All people’s realisations and understandings are self and personality. And where the characteristics of self and personality do not reach, keeping possession of objects of understanding is called the characteristic of a sentient being. And what is the characteristic of a sentient being? And what is the characteristic of a life? It means that when sentient beings’ minds focus on purity and they have a sense of comprehending something, which all conditioned knowledge cannot see, it is like the root of life. If the mind perceives any awareness, it is all considered sense data pollution, because what awareness is aware of is not apart from sense data.” [The Scripture of Complete Awareness]
This is clearly pointed out in the scripture, but how do you apply it? When your insight is clear, this is the very substance of the appearance of self. Knowing that insight is self and relinquishing it is called the appearance of person. Where self and person do not reach is called the appearance of a being. When all appearances vanish and you transcend everything, you still do not escape life. This is called the final bond. Where do Zen monks settle their bodies and establish their lives?’ (The Undying Lamp of Zen)

When I was reading this on the BART, it seemed clear enough; typing it out a few days later, less so. I think, though, that Torei is throwing his hat in the the same ring as Hui-Neng and Dogen

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