was very much disturbed by the
implications of Copernicus' heliocentric theory,
which, of course, was inconsistent with the old
Buddhist cosmology in which Mount Sumeru
occupies the center of the universe. He reasoned
that if the Buddhist view of the cosmos were
proved false, the triple world, and the twenty-five
forms of existence would be reduced to nonsense
– resulting in the negation of Buddhism itself. So
he immediately set about writing a book in
defense of the Mount Sumeru position, sparing
himself no effort.
When he had finished the work he took it at once
to Master Ekido and presented it triumphantly.
After leafing through the first few pages the
master thrust it back, shaking his head and
saying: "How stupid! Don't you realize that the aim
of Buddhism is to shatter the triple world and the
twenty-five forms of existence? Why stick to such
utterly worthless things and treasure Mount
Dumbfounded, Kaiseki shoved the book under his
arm and quickly went home.
This is the taste of an enlightened being...the
One has to get rid of all doctrines, scriptures,
theories, because basically one has to get rid of
one's own ego. One has to get rid of all religions
to be really religious. One has to get rid of all
theories to come face to face with truth.
Zen monks are rare in the whole history of
religion. They have burned their own scriptures.
They have burned Buddha statues because the
night was cold and there was no other wood
available in the temple. Rare people...
Nirvana: The Last Nightmare, ch. 5
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