Friday, 5 August 2016

Genjo Marinello


               Genjo Marinello of Chobo-ji in Seattle traces his interest in Zen back to a first year course at Pierce Community College in Los Angeles in 1972. “My freshman English professor was a person by the name of Jim Chambers, and he introduced me and my fellow students to the idea that there was a way to experience or penetrate reality beyond—say—a scientific method, that you could have something called insight or inspiration or intuition, and that you could really tap into some universal truths heuristically by investigating your own internal condition as a microcosm of the universe. And that was an astounding breakthrough, when that idea got across to me. Because I had thought—coming out of high school—that the only way you could possibly examine or understand the universe was through science. And I still think it’s absolutely a great way. But when I came to understand that even the scientists were relying on their own inspiration and intuition and insight and then testing it with the scientific method—and that real breakthroughs were coming from insights—I thought, ‘Oh, well, what’s it take to have insights? How do you cultivate or nurture insights? That seems like what I want to do.’ And that brought me around to Zen eventually.”

[Genjo Marinello – Cypress Trees in the Garden: 83-97,111-12, 113, 115, 247-49]
[See also: Genjo Marinello]

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