By Muso Kokushi
Publish yr note: First released in 1996
Dream Conversations is a set of a well known eastern master's written replies to questions about the genuine nature of Zen. in brief, easily worded teachings, Muso Kokushi (1275-1351), often referred to as Muso Soseki, exposes universal misconceptions with exceptional readability, supplying mental insights designed to steer the reader into the depths of actual Zen adventure.
These incisive teachings may be in particular worthwhile for today's Zen scholars, as they try with their very own confusion and misunderstandings in regards to the real direction of Zen.
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Buddha himself was aware of these alleged absurdities. trtvadayo gu~a},l; ayatnato bhavanty asya na tu sadhanariipi~a},l. Nai~karmya Siddhi, IV, 6g. BCA IX, I: imam parikararh prajiiartharh munir jagau. n upadatte, anyatra dharma-sanketat. Quoted in BCAP. p. 474; TSP. p. II. See also Sam. N. I, p. 135. n• 32 The Central Philosophy of Buddhism is laying down of the burden, and the burden-bearer is the empirical individual. 1 People entertain the fond belief that the rejection of the soulthe permanent substance-vitiates Buddhist metaphysics, and that the difficulties with which it is faced are insuperable.
Pp. 452-3; AKV. pp. 7n-2. 34 The Central Philosophy of Buddhism the Buddhist explains change. The identity running through the different states is a false ascription, an illusion, according to them. The opposite hypothesis of a permanent self does not fare much better either. How can an unchanging uniform being like the atman remember anything at all? Memory is not merely the continuity of consciousness, but the knowing of an object as having been experienced in the past and relating it with the present experience.
Jadic tradition. Further, the success that attended Buddha even during his life-time could not have been achieved, had he preached the denial of the self. It is wrong to suggest that the times were philosophically premature and unprepared to entertain revolutionary doctrines. If anything, the picture of India that is depicted in the contemporary Jaina and Buddhist scriptures is one which revelled in philosophic speculations of a very daring kind. The objection ignores the originality and genius of Buddha.