, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 193–195 | Cite as

Non-interference and Awareness

  • Josho Pat Phelan

Realization does not depend on thoughts, but comes forth far beyond them; realization is helped only by the power of realization itself... To enjoy non-duality does not mean that you try forcefully to exclude will or discrimination, or that you establish a state of non-intention. Being in the state of non-duality cannot be willed or discriminated at all. It is like meeting a person and not considering what he looks like or not wishing for more color or brightness when viewing flowers or the moon.

Eihei Dogen (adapted from Tanahashi 1985)

In Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki (1970) said, “Usually religion develops itself in the realm of consciousness, seeking to perfect its organization, building beautiful buildings, creating music, evolving a philosophy, and so forth. These are religious activities in the conscious world. But Buddhism emphasizes the world of unconsciousness” (p. 130). When I first read this, I thought it sounded pretty strange because Zen and Buddhism...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chapel Hill Zen CenterChapel HillUSA

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