Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kensho & Makyo - Enlightenment & Illusion

     “KENSHO (Jap.): literally, ‘seeing into one’s own nature.’ Semantically, kensho and SATORI have virtually the same meaning and are often used interchangeably. In describing the enlightenment of the Buddha and the great masters, however, it is customary to use the word satori rather than kensho, satori implying a deeper experience. (The exact Japanese expression for full enlightenment is daigo tettei.) When the word dogo (literally, ‘the way of enlightenment’) is combined with kensho, the latter word becomes more subjective and emphatic.”

     “MAKYO (Jap.): various illusory experiences, visions, and sensations that can arise as the surface levels of the mind settle during extended periods of ZAZEN. Ultimately anything less than enlightenment is a makyo. There are many kinds and levels.”

        Kapleau P. “Straight to the heart of Zen. Eleven classic koans & their inner meanings.” Shambhala, Boston, 2001. 

Pioneer by Kristiina Lehtonen

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