said to represent one half of the world and the female activity to represent the other. It isinevitable, moreover, that they will encounter one other. If we personify these activities, wecan imagine them saying when they meet, "Oh, I am very happy to see you." In meetingone another, however, neither can claim the whole of the experience.Zen practice also tells us that plus and minus, or the activities of male and female see andmeet one another without intention. Buddhism teaches us that if there is a God, that Godmust contain two parts, one male, the other female. Buddhism does not recognize acreator God. Buddhism rather teaches that God is an activity which contains the character of both male and female qualities. Buddhism teaches that God is the activity of plus andminus. In Buddhism we don't use the term God; rather we use the term, Dharmakaya. TheDharmakaya is comprised of the activities of plus and minus. The activity of Dharmakayaoperates following a natural principle, and for practitioners new to Zen practice, it is taughtthat they must study and investigate the way in which the Dharma activity functions.Tathagata Zen teaches that it is not enough to simply learn about the workings of theactivity that comprises the Dharmakaya: In addition to deep contemplation of plus andminus, we must also put them into practice.The Dharma activity manifests the state of sittingstill without moving. However, in the human world,we cannot always just be sitting. We can not callit Zen practice if we are attached to just sitting;that activity of sitting must be broken up.Tathagata Zen teaches that the state of just sitting will be broken up, and that from thatstate of just sitting, what we can call the left world and the right world will appear. Andwhen the left and right world appear, a space is created in between. So, we ask, "Whydoes it happen in that way? What principle is at work?" Buddhism teaches that this spaceor distance is the basis of everything. Now a question arises: if distance or separation isthe basis of the "I am" self, where does the distance come from? Does it come down fromheaven like rain, or does it rise up from the earth like water in a hot spring? How do youanswer this question? Tathagata Zen teaches us that the first person who understoodclearly the working of the universe was Siddhartha, the historical Buddha.What is the Tathagata? It is made of the two opposing activities of tathagata or the plusactivity, and tathagata or the minus activity. Buddhism teaches that when plus activityexperiences minus activity and when minus activity experiences plus activity, that fromthis, perfect space will arise. We have the koan which asks: "How do we manifest our trueself when we see a flower?" Over the centuries, people have looked into koans in manyways, but now you should understand that a koan allows us to see the "I am" self in theproper way. How should we see it, then? In the state of the Tathagata, when plus andminus meet and unify, past and future disappear; the distance disappears and the true self is manifest. When plus and minus meet each other, they at once say, "Oh, I am happy tosee you." Simply meeting however, is not the manifestation of the perfect world.The true easing of pain comes when the plus activity goes beyond the point of encountering and reaches the source of the foundation of minus activity. The minus activitydoes the same, passing through the encounter and entering the source of plus. When plusreaches the source of minus and minus reaches the source of plus, then the true easing of pain, a true peace of mind, is manifest. Buddhism teaches that this state is called th emanifestation of true love.In Buddhism, true love is also called Nirvana. Simply encountering one's opposite,however, does not imply salvation. In this regard, Buddhism teaches us that we must be2
But God, or the Dharmakaya, dividesinto plus and minus, and in betweenthese parts, the "I am" self arises.