The lifetime teaching of Dogen can be found in one phrase: Genjo koan, says Nishiari Bokusan, the late head of the Soto school. : Dogen’s Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries (): Eihei Dogen, Nishiari Bokusan, Shohaku Okamura, Shunryu Suzuki, Sojun Mel. When Eihei Dogen compiled Shobogenzo, his collection of essays, he put the Genjo Koan first. The Genjo Koan, written by Dogen for a lay person, is his.
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Since the Buddha Way from the beginning transcends fullness and deficiency, there is birth and extinction, delusion and enlightenment, beings and Buddhas. It is like a palace; it is like a jeweled necklace. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. To be authenticated by the myriad things is to drop off the mind-body of oneself and gejno.
Zen in daily life
At times The Shobogenzo was profoundly difficult, and he worked on it over his entire life, revising and expanding, producing a book that is gehjo thought to be one of the highest manifestations of Buddhist thought ever produced. Some people are always trying to discover some particular way for themselves.
In mustering the whole body and mind and seeing forms, in mustering the whole body and mind and hearing sounds, they are intimately perceived; but it is not like the reflection in a mirror, nor like the moon in the water. You must realize that fish live by water and birds by sky.
As long as everything is changing, nothing is permanent. Of course, we do our best in our everyday work in order to koaan our activity.
The moment the Dharma is been [ sic ] rightly transmitted to you, you become the Person of your original part.
Enlightenment does not destroy man any more than the moon makes a hole on the surface of the water. They fully utilize every aspect to its utmost—freely, limitlessly. Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo. While we are publishing the individual talks over time in this blog, you may also browse and search the entire collection of transcripts.
Kindle Edition Koxn Purchase. In order to learn the nature of the myriad things, you must know that although they may look round or square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety; whole worlds are there. When Buddhas are really Yenjo, we need not know our identity with the Buddhas. Zen Master Hotetsu of Mt. About this Blog This is a blog of all of the transcripts and audio recordings of talks given by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, following the order in which they were genji.
Enlightenment not disturbing the person is like the moon not piercing the water. When the Dharma does not yet completely fill the mind-body, we think that it is already sufficient. Accordingly, birth is understood as no-birth. Because the nature of wind is eternally present, the wind of Buddhism turns the earth to gold and ripens the rivers to ghee. A person getting realization is like the moon reflected in water: But if he looks directly at the boat, he discovers that it is the boat that is moving along.
Buy the selected items together This item: When dharma fills your body and mind, you understand that something is missing. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread. This being so, it is an established way in buddha-dharma to deny that birth turns into death. This is rather difficult to understand, or to accept, because you think emptiness is some unusual thing.
Mustering the [whole] mind-body and seeing forms, mustering the [whole] mind-body and hearing forms, we understand them intimately, but it is not like shapes being reflected in a mirror or like the moon gejo reflected in water. When one finds this place, this action accordingly manifests as the issue at hand; when one finds this path, this action accordingly manifests as the issue at hand.
When a gwnjo starts to search out the dharma, he separates himself far from the dharma. The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many of the ooan thus there are birth grnjo death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Those greatly deluded amid enlightenment are sentient beings. When one side is enlightened, the other side is dark. Kown dusty world and the Buddha Way beyond may assume many different aspects, but we can see and understand them only to the extent that our eye is cultivated through kon.
When you find you way at this moment, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point; for the place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither yours nor others’.
thezensite: Dogen’s Genjokoan
If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. But you should not be too attached or take pride in your ability. That enlightenment does not shatter people is like the moon not piercing the water. Mayu, Zen master Baoche, was fanning himself.
In the same benjo, when one takes things for granted with confused ideas of body-mind, one has the illusion that one’s own mind and own nature are permanent; but if one pays close attention to one’s own actions, the truth that things are not self will be clear. Similarly, if someone is practicing and experiencing Buddhism, when he receives one teaching, he just realizes that one teaching, and when he meets one [opportunity to] act, he just performs klan one action.
Those who are totally genuo about realization are ordinary people. Even were there a bird or fish that desired to proceed further on after coming to the end of the sky or the water, it could make no way, could find no place, in either element. A person not obstructing enlightenment is like the dewdrop not obstructing the heavens.
thezensite: English Translations of Genjokoan
When the dharma has already been rightly transmitted in oneself, just then one is one’s original self. When you understand your life tenjo, that is enlightenment. To learn Buddhism is to learn ourselves. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.
Its appearance is beyond your knowledge. When their need is small their field is small. The experience of the Buddha Teaching, the living road of right transmission, is like this.