Chapter 6: Intuition and Zen
Another report I have received is from an institute in America. The institute trains actors for films. The director must have read me, because he forces every student in the institute to do the Dynamic Meditation, Kundalini Meditation and gibberish. And even those people who had come just to learn the art of acting have, strangely, felt a tremendous opening through gibberish - a silence from the unknown descending and overwhelming them.
The enlightened man is master of one single thing:
Stretching at ease on his bed.
If, in a dream, the ancients said they were enlightened,
Let them emerge from the scented water, and I would spit at them!
Setcho’s intellectuality is too much. He cannot understand. He is like a blind man commenting on light.
A few footnotes.
“Sixteen Bodhisattvas”: in the Surangama Sutra - an ancient Buddhist scripture - there is an episode in which twenty-five Bodhisattvas relate their experiences of attaining realization. First Kyochinnyo and four others, the first five disciples of Buddha, stand up and describe their paths to realization.
Kyochinnyo says, “As for my realization, seeing a sight was the primary cause of it.”
If you can really see a beautiful rose or a beautiful sunset with your totality there is no need of any other discipline to become a buddha. But the seeing has to be total and ultimate and unconditional.
Second, Kyogon Doji says, “Smelling a scent was the cause of my realization.”
Third, Yakuo and Yakujo cite tasting as the cause of their realization.
Fourth, Baddabara and the fifteen other bodhisattvas in this anecdote rise and make obeisance to the Buddha, and Baddabara says,
“We formerly heard the preaching of Ion-o, the first buddha, and became monks.
At the monks’ bathtime, following the rule, we entered the bathroom. We suddenly experienced realization through the touch of water.
We did not wash off dirt, did not wash the body. We achieved peace of mind and obtained the state of no-possession.
The aforementioned buddha named me Baddabara, saying, ‘You have experienced subtle and clear touching and attained buddhahood, and retain it.’ The answer to your question, therefore, is that touching was the primary cause of our realization.”
Other Bodhisattvas in turn tell of their experiences, and finally the Bodhisattva Kannon cites the importance, in his case, of “listening to sound.”