From ‘Heidegger, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology’, by Michael Zimmerman, in the “Cambridge Companion to Heidegger” (ed. C. Guignon)

Zenzô katsugan ("All Phenomena Have Bright Eyes"), Ishizaki, Yûshi, 1813
Zenzô katsugan (“All Phenomena Have Bright Eyes”), Ishizaki, Yûshi, 1813

“There is no ultimate reason for our doing what we do. We have to postulate our own reasons for doing what we do; we invent our own identities, although those identities to a great extent  are determined in advance by social practices and norms that have evolved historically.

[…]

“Reasoning vainly attempts to give ground to what is groundless: the inexhaustible and intertwining flux of phenomena arising together moment by moment. Insight into the interdependent origination of all phenomena eliminates clinging to the idea of an independent self ‘in here’ that seeks either to defend itself against or to aggrandise itself at the expense of things ‘out there’. Such insight reveals the ego and its objects to be gestalts whose contents are constituted by an infinite number of self-arising phenomenal events. Awakening involves non-dual awareness of (1) those concrete contents, (2) the organising gestalt, and (3) the inherent luminosity of the contents”

From ‘Heidegger, Buddhism, and Deep Ecology’, by Michael Zimmerman, in the “Cambridge Companion to Heidegger” (ed. C. Guignon)

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