Monday, 14 June 2010

Buddha Recognises Buddha

Last week my memory kicked in and I finally ordered Reverend Master Daishin Morgan's book, Buddha Recognises Buddha. Available from Throssle Abbey Hole Book Shop. It arrived today.

The blurb from the back cover says...

Inspired by the works of the great Zen master Dogen, Buddha Recognizes Buddha considers how the principle of non-duality finds expression in Buddhist practice. Daishin Morgan looks at how we can understand ourselves and our relationship with others without dividing the world into opposites of right and wrong or good and bad and still find a basis for moral action. There is no place for a God or an Absolute conceived as above or outside of experience, as all things are undivided in their essential nature.

In the first part of the book Daishin looks at the role of the will, faith, hope, cause and effect, acceptance and other subjects from the perspective of non-duality. In the second part, he goes on to offer an interpretation of the main scriptures that are used regularly in Soto Zen.

This book takes seriously the teaching that enlightenment is an ever-present reality rather than a state we may realize at some future date. Reality cannot be divided into enlightened and unenlightened existence. One of the many implications of this is that Zen meditation should be understood as an expression of enlightenment rather than as a means to an end. Daishin clarifies some of the implications of this outlook and shows the profound effect it can have on how we live.

Rev.Daishin Morgan is a disciple of the late Rev.Master Jiyu-Kennett, founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. He has been a Zen Buddhist monk for 36 years and abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland since 1982.
You may well find some of my posts being flavoured by it in the near future...

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