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Friday, July 13, 2007


Dear Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima,

Thank you for your answers and decisions always! Do you agree with my following questions?

Dear Dr Hohlfeld,

Thank you very much for your questions, and my answers are as follows.

Q.1: All distinctions dissolve. There is no seperation in Reality.

A.1: All distinction dissolve, and so there is no seperation in Reality, and so we can think that Reality is something total, which can not be described with words.

Q.2: Harmonizing our day-to-day lives is very practical. In a realistic sense we become
the same person with all people.

A.2: Even though we can make our day-to-day lives very practical by harmonizing ourselves, it is impossible for us to make ourselves into the same person day-to-day lives, because our personality is absolutely independent from each other, and it is absolutely impossible for us to become the same person at every moment at all.

Q.3: The expierience of a personal connection with original Buddhism is Realism and
leads out of all forms of confusion pointing directly to the real world.

A.3: The experience of a personal connection with original Buddhism is Realism, therefore we can think that Reality may be something, which is absolutely complicated. Therefore we can find a chapter, which is entitled "Katto, or The Complicated" in Shobogenzo (46), and the chapter insists that Reality is something complicated, the Truth is something complicated, the Universe is something complicated, and our life is also something complicated.

Q.4: In connection with Truth we have great confidence.

A.4: I think also that by touching Truth directly by practicing Zazen, we can have the great confidence.

Thank you! Good health and recovery

siegfried hohlfeld

Thank you very much for your important questions.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


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