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Offline ZenFred

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Enlightenment and Shoveling Snow
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:41:45 pm »
Treeleaf had a really good description of the Soto and Rinzai's views on enlightenment and practice:

http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showthread.php?6930-How-a-Buddha-Shovels-Snow&highlight=shovel+snow

Short version: Rinzai looks for direct enlightenment by finding the pavement of true nature under the snow of delusion, while Soto sees everything the pavement, the snow, the shovel, the shoveler as part of true nature and simply shoveling IS enlightenment. (I don't do it justice of course, it is explained much better in the linked posts).

Here's my question: For non-zen traditions that see enlightenment/nirvana as something attained how would you describe it within the shoveling snow analogy if possible? Or just how do you see it? A heated driveway where the snow melts away whenever it touches? haha

Gassho, Fred



 


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