What does enlightened absolutism mean?
So states old Dogen in the Genjokoan (converted variously but by Heine’s work reported below as Spontaneous Realization of Zen Enlightenment).
This little jewel is a reasonably fulcrum for understanding dharma practice and which makes it real or as Dogen puts it in “Bendowa, ”
“The try to negotiate the way in which when i train now, consists in discerning my way through look at enlightenment, placing a unitive awareness into practice at the time from the revaluated world.”
I regard Dogen’s work, and Genjokoan particularly, like a source text for Soto training, less authoritative or something like that to submit too but because an obstacle to become met or better, like a friend in conversation. Source texts as a result are buddies for all of us about this endless journey.
One recurrent theme around the practicing-enlightenment journey is all about whether enlightenment is absolute and forever, “…all encompassing, seamless realization experienced without obstruction or partiality, ” as Steven Heine puts it in “What Is on the other hand? Delusioin and Realization in Dogen’s ‘Genjokoan’” that seems in the new book, Dogen: Textual and Historic Studies. Or if “…even within the arena of enlightenment, opposites still intermingle.”
The very first perspective is be indicated as absolutist and also the second as relativistic or better, relational. In the absolutist view, the “one-side” passage is strained to imply that when one realizes one dharma, one realizes all dharmas. Cut one, cut all.
In the relational view, “When perceiving one for reds, sleep issues is hidden, ” or “Illuminating one for reds obscures sleep issues, ” signifies the even just in enlightenment, there's something hidden.
Heine does his usual high-quality, skilled job considering this is from the passage in context of Dogen’s oeuvre and also the commentarial literature, ancient and modern, much being past the scope of the blog publish. I'll just tell that I’m into my third time with the piece and recommend it for research.