Sutra Opening Verse:
An unsurpassed, penetrating, and perfect Dharma
Is rarely met with, even in one hundred, thousand, million kalpas.
Having it to see and listen to, to remember and accept,
I vow to taste the truth of the Tathagata's words.
Who is Buddha? How is the Teacher manifested?
Who is the Tathagata?
What is our experience of the One Vehicle Teaching?
What is a Bodhisattva's practice?
How does a bodhisattva learn?
What is the experience of nirvana within samsara?
What does the non-difference of practice and enlightenment mean?
What is the factor of faith in practice?
What is the factor of joy in practice?
What is Buddha nature, "big mind"
"Buddha-dharma cannot be known by a person. For this reason, since olden
times no ordinary person has realized buddha-dharma, no practitioner of the
Lesser Vehicles has mastered buddha-dharma. Because it is realized by
buddhas alone, it is said, 'Only a buddha and a buddha can thoroughly
master it.'" - Dogen Zenji
"If you think, 'I practice zazen,' that is a misunderstanding. Buddha
practices zazen, not you. If you think, 'Buddha practices zazen,' there
will not be trouble. Whether or not your zazen is painful or full of
erroneous ideas, it is still Buddha's activity. There is no way to escape
from Buddha's activity. Thus you must accept yourself and devote yourself
to yourself, or to Buddha, or to zazen. When you become yourself, zazen
becomes zazen, and Zen become Zen." Suzuki Roshi
Our ancestors, far and near, have described how to realize the
Buddha Way. How can we express it in our own words, art or manner?