Question

You say that "every day, we have to awaken again, this is endless, at any instant, a new satori", whereas the Buddha asserted that there was a "cessation, a refreshing, etc.", thus a goal. Why don't you teach the same thing as our Buddha?

This lets me think that we could take the easy route, and thus miss the goal that the Buddha set us. Moreover, I cannot help thinking that we are close from falling into decadence, as it occurred in the past,  above all nowadays, when people lack firmness in following the way.

Is it that you only want to show the way to cessation without speaking of a goal? This discrepancy makes me tense, and even sad. Thanks for your answer or your silence.

 

Answer from Master Kosen

Every day, one has to get back to point zero, to the root, to nirvana, to the origin, call it whatever you like.

It is essential in buddhist practice to have no goal. We cannot have the goal to reach Satori. This would be stupid, since awakening is the original state of everything, it is in no way a special condition. This is why one awakens with the ten thousand beings. The Buddha tried for six years to reach awakening. He failed. It is only when he abandoned everything that he realized original conditions.

Kosen

 

 


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