The real body. Studying the Way with our body and mind.
The Shôbôgenzô of the master of zen Eihei Dôgen (1200-1254), founder of the Japanese school Sôtô Zen, is composed by 95 chapters where are gathered the training taught to his disciples throughout thirty years, and it is considered to be the masterpiece of the Japanese buddhist zen philosophy.
In this book, the Spanish master of zen Dokushô Villalba translates and comments the chapter entitled Shinjin Gakudô, where Dôgen motivates practising and studying with our body and mind the Reality which appears in front of us.
The Japanese term shin is usually translated as 'mind', but it is not just the rational, analytical or conventional mind. It refers more, in a generic sense, to the immaterial dimension of the existence. That is the reason why it is also translated as 'spirit', 'conscience' and, mainly, as 'heart', being this one understood as the essential core of reality. Jin is our body, so, it is referred to the material asect of reality, noticeable through the five organs of the senses. Hence, Shinjin is the unity of body-mind in the individuality as well as in the total reality, which involves a specific and material aspect and another one which is immaterial and abstract melted in a total unity. Dôgen's Zen is deeply non-dualist.
Finally, Gaku is usually translated as practice-study. In the same way as Dôgen does not separate the body from the mind, the mental understanding of the experience is neither separated.
It was transmited to the monks in the Horinji Temple -9th September 1243- by Eihei Dôgen. It shows the huge importance for everyone who practises Zen and for those ones interested in buddhist philosophy.
Now, you can buy The real body, translation and comment of the Shobogenzo Shinjin Gakudo (El cuerpo real, traducción y comentario del Shobogenzo Shinjin Gakudo), by Dokushô Villalba, on Amazon, ebook format.