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What are your thoughts on self power jiriki and other power tariki? Can they be combined in one practice?


Looking at it from the outcome, in zen there is no point in dividing into self and other´s power. Why is that? This phrase was used as an advertisement for the Pure Land School. For the liberation of all, we do not need to study. Hard training is not needed, there being no difference between men and women, only reciting the Namu Amida butsu name, and you for sure will enter the pure land - that is how it is simply being taught, and many people in society have followed this teaching. In Zen there is nothing you would call Self power. Just like Dogen Zenji taught: "To study the way, is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to remove the barrier between self and other." In Zen it is only about how far can you throw the self away. If you use these complicated terms of jiriki and tariki, then it is jiriki until you have thrown the jiriki away, and it is tariki as long as you still hold onto the idea of tariki. In Zen we forget the body, we purify the heaviness of the ego in our mind, and there we find the true nature of all beings, there is no other way to go about it. That is why on the Pure Land Path it is called Kenshin (to see the truth) and in the Zen school Kensho (to see the true nature).


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