Concerning Bashō

From Keiji Nishitani’s Religion and Nothingness:

He does not simply mean that we should ‘observe the pine tree carefully.’ Still less does he mean for us to ‘study the pine tree scientifically.’ He means for us to enter into the mode of being where the pine tree is the pine tree itself, and the bamboo is the bamboo itself, and from there to look at the pine tree and the bamboo.

(Nishitani, 1983, p. 128)