Mandance

COMMENTARY on DOGEN ZENJI'S

GENJO KOAN (現成公案, Actualizing the Fundamental Point)
CITATIONS from BONDS OF CIVILITY: Aesthetic Networks
and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture
by EIKO IKEGAMI (pg. 223)
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 "Dogen (1200-1253) offered a brilliant summation of medieval Buddhist philosophy in the opening chapter [Genjokoan] of Shobo Genzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), which looked at the limitation of human conceptual ability to experience reality. [...]"
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 "Dogen, along with many other medieval religious and or aesthetic thinkers, observed that knowing the subject and the object of knowing include each other in the direct experience of reality. In meditation, in which the self is both the subject and object of observation, the true way of knowing is not dualistic. Rather, it is a tacit knowledge derived through direct experience. The aim of meditation, as in chanting, dancing, and other ritual practices, is to experience this "dropping away" of mind and body in the quest for the freedom that lies beyond conceptualization. [...] This non-dualistic approach in turn supported and legitimated the rigorous honing of artistic skills (called keiko, or training, particularly training via repetitive exercises) as a route to the state of empty mind, or mushin."
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