56/61 Kenbutsu



Meeting Buddha

Ken means “look at,” “meet,” or “realize the state of,” and butsu means “Buddha” or “buddhas.” Therefore kenbutsu means “meeting Buddha” or “meeting buddhas.” In order to meet buddhas it is necessary first to become buddha, because buddhas can be seen only by buddhas. In this chapter, Master Dogen explained the real situation of meeting buddhas and the true meaning of meeting buddhas.