I find this quote you mention above quite interesting. It reminded me of a passage I read recently in Kukai On the Philosophy of Language. In Sho-ji-jisso gi (The Meanings of Sound, Letter, and Reality), Kukai writes:jundo cohen wrote:PS - Ours is a "way beyond words and letters". Some interesting research on the origins of this phrase in recent years. Radicals would burn all the Sutras and Commentaries before reading them, but most (like Dogen) would read them first then "burn them " (figuratively if not literally). The point is not to be ignorant of traditional Mahayana doctrine, but not to be imprisoned by it, to expose its juice by bending it into almost unrecognizable sometimes iconoclasic or seemingly heretical forms, and to leap free.
I provide the quote above as a bit of reference for the Note 1 which, inter alia, cites Kumarajiva's translation of the VimlakirtinirdesaKukai wrote:"The teaching of the Tathagata is inevitably based on letters.(Note 1) The essence of letters is found in the six sense objects. At the root of the six sense objects are the three mysteries of the Dharmakaya Buddha. The equally-shared three mysteries pervade the dharmadhatu and are eternal. The five-fold wisom and the fourfold Dharmakaya encompass the tenfold world with nothing left out."[trans. Dreitlein]
Sorry for being off topic. I wanted to raise this in hope it spurs some discussion elsewhere on the quote made above that Soto Zen is a way beyond words and letters.Vimlakirtinirdesa wrote:"Letters all have the mark of liberation. Why is that? Liberation is not inside, not outside, no in between the two. Letters are also not inside, not outside, nor in between the two. For that reason, Sariputra, liberation is taught without leaving behind letters. Why is that? because all dharmas have the mark of liberation." [trans. Dreitlein]