Mind here and now is Buddha, Part 3
If one understands the mind only in the sense of idealism, i.e. just as an idea and therefore in a very restricted dimension, the sentence “Mind Here and Now is Buddha” cannot be grasped comprehensively.
Here actually means spatially accurate, at the exact location. And Now means precisely that moment. Mind and Buddha are not independent of space and time. The Buddha-Dharma resembles the unity of theory and practice and thus incorporates the level of action and the practice of Zazen in the Here and Now. It is inextricably connected to morality and contains all the conditions of reality and truth – just as they are.
As a result nothing is added through dogmatic fantasies or theoretical reasoning. And at the same time, nothing is taken away reduced, chosen or selected.
Buddhism uses the analogy of a clear mirror which reflects everything that appears in front of it without adding or omitting anything.
It is no secret that the flight from and avoidance of reality and truth is the cause of most of our mental and psychological suffering, which we face in today’s world - just as we did in previous times.
But Gautama Buddha’s teaching leads us directly out of the cycle of suffering and enables us to grasp reality fully.
We cannot capture the true Buddha mind solely with the realm of thought. We also need to experience and discover it through action, while the longing for truth will lead us onto the right path.
The Buddha mind is far more than thinking alone, it also contains, according to Dogen, the reality of the bamboo, the mountains, the rivers, the earth, the sun, the moon and the stars, normally understood just as a materialistic point of view and objects. In Buddhism, the comprehensive mind is life and death themselves, the coming and going, Zazen practice and everyday life.
Zen-Buddhism teaches clearly that we need to learn to differentiate between our perceptions, our ideas and our way of thinking and reality itself. We should not mistake one for the other and confuse them. That is why Dogen says:
“If we have never awakened the will ( to the truth ), have never undertaken the practical training, never ( realized ) the Bodhi-mind and have never Nirvana ( experienced ) - then there is no ( state ) `Mind here and now is Buddha´.”
It is sufficient if the desire for the truth is manifested in just one single moment or in one atom of our body for the true Buddha-mind to be realized.
This is why the Buddha-mind is far more extensive than the “spirit-essence” of the Brahman Srenika and the doctrines of the southern masters.The true spirit is realized when the desire or the will for truth is aligned with ethical action.