trikaya in zen

trikaya in zen

Postby Arabic Buddhist » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:47 pm

hello dear friends

What Zen believe in trikaya ( three buddha body ) ?
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Re: trikaya in zen

Postby Anders » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:49 pm

Any kind of Zen.

You will perhaps find a few more references in Rinzai Zen, given that Hakuin Zenji wrote extensively on the trikaya viz a viz the four Jnanas.

In classical Zen, you can find discourses on it from the Platform Sutra, Hui Hai among others. Also Linji, who was himself a yogacara specialist.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra
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Re: trikaya in zen

Postby Arabic Buddhist » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:30 pm

Anders wrote:Any kind of Zen.

You will perhaps find a few more references in Rinzai Zen, given that Hakuin Zenji wrote extensively on the trikaya viz a viz the four Jnanas.

In classical Zen, you can find discourses on it from the Platform Sutra, Hui Hai among others. Also Linji, who was himself a yogacara specialist.


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Re: trikaya in zen

Postby Meido » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:46 pm

Here is a link to a translation of one of Hakuin's writings, as mentioned by Anders.

Keiso Dokuzui: http://www.kaihan.com/fives.htm#2

It's a brief commentary on Tozan's Five Ranks, relating them to actualization of the Four Wisdoms/Three Bodies. It describes Zen's gate which is the recognition of one's own Dharmakaya wisdom (kensho/Great Perfect Mirror Wisdom), the subsequent actualization of Sambhogakaya (i.e. embodiment/integration through practice of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, which is fulfillment of the Universal Nature Wisdom), and finally Nirmanakaya as the free functioning within activity (fulfillment of the Marvelous Observing Wisdom and Perfecting-of-Action Wisdom).

A quote from the Sixth Patriarch in that text sums all of this up: "The pure Dharmakaya is your nature; the perfect Sambhogakaya is your wisdom; the myriad Nirmanakayas are your activities".

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Re: trikaya in zen

Postby Arabic Buddhist » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:22 am

Meido wrote:Here is a link to a translation of one of Hakuin's writings, as mentioned by Anders.

Keiso Dokuzui: http://www.kaihan.com/fives.htm#2

It's a brief commentary on Tozan's Five Ranks, relating them to actualization of the Four Wisdoms/Three Bodies. It describes Zen's gate which is the recognition of one's own Dharmakaya wisdom (kensho/Great Perfect Mirror Wisdom), the subsequent actualization of Sambhogakaya (i.e. embodiment/integration through practice of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, which is fulfillment of the Universal Nature Wisdom), and finally Nirmanakaya as the free functioning within activity (fulfillment of the Marvelous Observing Wisdom and Perfecting-of-Action Wisdom).

A quote from the Sixth Patriarch in that text sums all of this up: "The pure Dharmakaya is your nature; the perfect Sambhogakaya is your wisdom; the myriad Nirmanakayas are your activities".

~ Meido


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Re: trikaya in zen

Postby Matylda » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:59 am

Soto zen tradition is very specific about trikaya - it is dharmakaya of Vairochana, sambhogakaya of Vairochana and nirmanakaya of Shakyamuni. This is an axis of dharma transmission in soto.
Moreover trikaya is used in 100 day retreat practice of rishubun, and all rituals related to it. This is practice only after the dharma transmission.
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