The Fundamental Position of the Sanbôzen
YAMADA Kôun Roshi stated as follows:
"The fundamental position of the Sanbôzen is
to stand at the origin point of Buddhism
through the Dharma gate of Dôgen Zenji."
The "origin point of Buddhism"
means Shakyamuni, especially his great
enlightenment experience itself. After
long period of ascetic training Shakyamuni
was confident that true enlightenment
not a product of asceticism; therefore,
nourished himself through proper meals
then sat under a tree, which later
known as the Bodhi-tree. On 8 December,
glimpsing the twinkling morning star
came to a great and thorough enlightenment.
This experience of great realization
is the origin point of the Buddhist
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