As you all might know, AI is making huge progress lately on the news. The entire world (including myself!) are engaging with ChatGPT and the debates regarding consciousness and what "being conscious" really is has been occupying a lot of spaces on the internet. Well, hats off, now we even have a Roshi bot!
I will use this as my first attempt to bring my "Dogen Shobogenzo" thread into existence by addressing what he discusses in his analysis of the Heart Sutra (chapter II in the Shobogenzo vol. I edition of Gudo Nishijima Roshi) when he talks about the "immaterial". While this I found hard to explain or even put into words (which is one of the reasons I find hard to explain anything Zen related as words fall short) I found this being the experience of transcending through just sitting; allowing the 6 sense gates to harmoniously operate together, as one and as their own, without any unbalances. This permits going "beyond thinking". Constantly I have the feeling / intuition Dogen is trying to point at a quasi-nirvanic / Nirvana experience which transcends the material plane. The way is through diligent zazen. Is this so? Nirvana is zazen?
I decided to ask Roshi bot what Dogen meant exactly.... this was his reply:
Now I'm unsure if I'm understanding anything at all!
Metta / Gassho / Saludos