11 Facts About Kensho


Kensho is a Japanese term from the Zen tradition.

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Kensho is an initial insight or awakening, not full Buddhahood.

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Kensho is not a single experience, but refers to a whole series of realizations from a beginner's shallow glimpse of the nature of mind, up to a vision of emptiness equivalent to the 'Path of Seeing' or to Buddhahood itself.

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Kensho is insight, an understanding of our essential nature as Buddha-nature, or the nature of mind, the perceiving subject itself, which was equated with Buddha-nature by the East Mountain school.

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Kensho went at once to the Abbott's room and burned incense.

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Kensho acknowledged the risks and potential for controversy in publishing her account, but felt that the benefits of releasing such information outweighed the risks.

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Kensho is used to describe the first breakthrough in koan study.

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Kensho plays a central in the Sanbo Kyodan, a Japanese Zen organisation which played a decisive role in the transmission of Zen to the United States.

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Kensho was especially vocal concerning the point of kensho, seeing one's true nature.

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Kensho spoke more openly about it then anyone of his times, going so far as to have a public acknowledgement of those who had experienced kensho in a post-sesshin ceremony of bowing in gratitude to the three treasures.

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Kensho is described as appearing suddenly, upon an interaction with someone else, at hearing or reading some significant phrase, or at the perceiving of an unexpected sound or sight.

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