I would like to wish everyone happiness on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. Here is an article on Rohatsu
if you would like to learn more about it.
My local Zen center, Ocean Eyes Zen Center
, celebrated Rohatsu last Saturday with a one-day retreat. Zen Master Ji Bong
gave us a dharma talk on enlightenment. He always puts so much into his talks that it’s difficult to remember it all. The humorous parts tend to stay with me, and that’s no doubt why he and other Zen instructors use humor in their lessons.
Ji Bong told us about a meeting he had with Zen Master Seung Sahn
shortly after receiving transmission from him. Seung Sahn told Ji Bong, "Great Zen Master, still one slip and one banana peel away from falling on your ass."
The Abbot at Ocean Eyes says there’s no such thing as enlightenment. He says enlightenment is just a word, just one more idea we have to put down. I’ve read somewhere that there are no enlightened people, only enlightened acts.
What do you all think about the nature of enlightenment? Or should we think about it at all? Maybe we should just sit, and see what comes. :)