09/44 Kobusshin



The Mind of Eternal Buddhas

Ko means “old” or “eternal,” butsu means “buddha” and shin means “mind.” So kobusshin means “the mind of eternal buddhas.” In this chapter, Master Dogen cites examples of the mind of eternal Buddhas, quoting Master Tendo Nyojo, Master Engo Kokugon, Master Sozan Konin, and Master Seppo Gison. Then he explains a story about National Master Daisho (Master Nan-yo Echu) and his disciple that suggests the oneness of the mind of eternal Buddhas and miscellaneous concrete things. At the end of the chapter he quotes Master Zengen Chuko’s words on the matter.