To transcend ordinary logic

The compassion of a Guru

Ruskin asked Rinzai (866 A.D., China), a renown Zen Master, “What is the gist of the Zen path of Enlightenment?”

Rinzai leaped from his seat, seized Ruskin, cuffed him, and thrust him away. Ruskin stood, rooted to the spot, unable to move.

A monk who witnessed this scene reprimanded Ruskin, saying, “You are supposed to bow after receiving instruction.”

As Ruskin bowed, he was enlightened.

In this Zen koan, Ruskin was an old student who was well informed. He comes to see Rinzai to test him. Rinzai, like any other enlightened person would, intuitively knew Ruskin was neither Sincere nor Humble.

But eventually, not through the scene that followed but, rather, after seeing the fetters of his own mind, became humble and bowed. He realized that mere knowledge is not Zen.

Hence, true enlightenment has little to do with intellectual knowledge or words or mere speech. It is something more than that – something based on a solid Inner Experience and flowering.

6 thoughts on “To transcend ordinary logic

  1. Mysticism emphasizes spiritual knowing, which is not rational and is independent of reason, logic or images. Da`at is Hebrew for “the secret sphere of knowledge on the cosmic tree.” Gnosis is Greek for the “intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths.” Jnana is Sanskrit for “knowledge of the way” to approach Brahman. Ma`rifa in Arabic is “knowledge of the inner truth.” Panna in Pali is “direct awareness”; perfect wisdom. These modes of suprarational knowing, perhaps described as complete intuitive insight, are not divine oneness; they are actualizing our inherent abilities to come closer to the goal.

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  2. Thanks! You are a man of deep insight. Do you know that all those paths are all one of the same thing? Can you see that they only differ in name and form but are all essentially speaking the same message? Also, are we able to see that they are all paths who’s meaning is founded upon the realizations of different Buddhas of all the ten directions of the world? Is there a point of unity? Why are many not able to see this?

    Thanks for your continued participation in this Great Talk.

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