Soko Morinaga

‘What I, and others who have gone through the experience, can positively affirm is that there is a state of mind that surpasses cause and effect, a state other than the one in which we seek to gain “that” by doing “this.” It is a samadhi in which each instant is whole as it stands, in its totality. Each instant is reflected perfectly.’ (Novice To Master)

As a Rinzai master, Morinaga is more explicit about enlightenment or kensho than you find in the Soto equivalents, but I find this is a very neat description, and the last sentence reminds me of the frequently used expression ‘luminous mirror wisdom’: reflections are neither held onto nor rejected, they just are for as long as they are.

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