Do Words Have Buddha Nature? Fighting Over and Gnawing at Rotting Bones – Crunch! Snap! Howl! Bark!

What is the role of words in Zen practice?It has become a cliche in American Zen that "words can't reach it." For example, when asked, "What is mu?" beginning mu students will often utter such a defense.So I sometimes continue, "Do words have buddha nature? Or is buddha nature somewhere above and beyond stinky, lowly words? Are words even further from the buddha nature than the mu dog?"Enter Dr. Steven Heine's new book, Like Cats and Dogs: Contesting the Mu Koan in Zen … [Read more...]