By Taigen Dan Leighton
As a faith excited by common liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very various from the at present wide-spread medical materialism. certainly, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen can't be absolutely understood outdoor of a worldview that sees fact itself as an important, dynamic agent of wisdom and therapeutic. during this publication, Leighton explicates that worldview throughout the writings of the Zen grasp Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), thought of the founding father of the japanese S?t? Zen culture, which at present enjoys expanding recognition within the West.
The Lotus Sutra, arguably an important Buddhist scripture in East Asia, includes a recognized tale approximately bodhisattvas (enlightening beings) who emerge from less than the earth to maintain and expound the Lotus educating within the far-off destiny. the tale finds that the Buddha merely looks to move away, yet really has been working towards, and should proceed to take action, over an inconceivably lengthy existence span.
Leighton lines commentaries at the Lotus Sutra from a variety of key East Asian Buddhist thinkers, together with Daosheng, Zhiyi, Zhanran, Saigyo, My?e, Nichiren, Hakuin, and Ry?kan. yet his major concentration is Eihei D?gen, the thirteenth century jap S?t? Zen founder who imported Zen from China, and whose profuse, provocative, and poetic writings are very important to the trendy growth of Buddhism to the West.
D?gen's use of this sutra expresses the serious function of Mahåyåna imaginative and prescient and mind's eye because the context of Zen instructing, and his interpretations of this tale moreover demonstrate his dynamic worldview of the earth, house, and time themselves as very important brokers of religious awakening.
Leighton argues that D?gen makes use of the photographs and metaphors during this tale to precise his personal spiritual worldview, within which earth, house, and time are energetic brokers within the bodhisattva venture. Broader expertise of D?gen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, can light up the probabilities for modern ways to fundamental Mahåyåna recommendations and practices.