73/80 Tashintsu



The Power to Know Others’ Minds

Ta means “others,” shin means “mind,” and tsu (short for jinzu) means “mystical power.” So tashintsu means “the mystical power to know others’ minds.” In some Buddhist theory it is said to be possible for Buddhist practitioners to attain a mystical power to know others’ minds. Related to this matter there is a famous story about questions and answers between Master Nanyo Echu and an Indian monk called Daini Sanzo. And five famous Buddhist masters discussed the meaning of the story. But Master Dogen was not satisfied by the explanations of the five famous masters. So in this chapter Master Dogen criticizes the views of the five masters, and in the process he expresses his own view.