Comunidad Budista Sotozen

Kômyô. The clear light.

 

 
 

It is one of the less known chapters of  Shôbôgenzô, 'The Beautiful Vision of the True Dharma', the greatest work of the Japanese master of zen Eihei Dôgen.

The teaching which is contained in it was taught by Dôgen to the little monastic community of the Kosho Horin-ji temple, founded by him in Uji, Kyôto, in the year 1233, before being moved to the province of Echizen, the current Fukui, in order to establish Eiheiji. This teaching was transmited to the monks the 2nd of June 1243, during an intensive retirement in summer, one day that the rain fell softly from the eaves of the temple, as Dôgen himself writes at the end of the text. The term Kômyô is formed by two kanjis: the kô kanji is translated as 'light'; the myô kanji as 'clear or marvellous'. Clear Light is referred to the experience of enlightenment or awakening where the true nature of everything which exists is revealed in its essential clarity.

The translation and comments of the master of zen Dokushô Villalba recover this non so well-known text making it accessible by the contemporary reader.

Kômyô, Clear Light, was published by Ediciones Miraguano in the middle of June 2010.

It is available in the main book shops, in the centres of the CBSZ (Community of Buddhist Soto Zen), on the publisher's website and on the main on-line book shops.

KÔMYÔ  - “Clear Light” (extract)

The great master Chôsa Shôken from the province of Konan, who lived during the Song dynasty, once said to his disciples: 

'The entire universe which is spread in the ten directions

is no more than the Eye of this monk.

The entire universe which is spread in the ten directions

is no more than the everyday word of this monk.

The entire universe which is spread in the ten directions

is no more than the body of this monk.

The entire universe which is spread in the ten directions

is no more than the Clear Light of Oneself.

The entire universe which is spread in the ten directions

remains in the bosom of the Clear Light of Oneself.

In the entire universe which is spread in the ten directions

there is no human being who is not himself/herself'.

You should always study with determination the Way of the Buddha. Do not relax yourselves with the time nor distance from it.

There are just a few followers of the Way who have reached the Clear Light of the Enlightenment.

This teaching was transmited to the monks in the evening of the 2nd of June 1243 in Kannon-dori, Koshohorinji during the season of rain while it was falling from the eaves.