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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When koah are really buddhas, they do not need to recognize themselves as buddhas. Priest Pao-ch’e of Mt. To train and enlighten all things from the self: The traces of enlightenment come to an end, and this traceless enlightenment is continued endlessly.

A monk asked him about this: Further, there are those who continue realizing beyond realization, who are in delusion throughout delusion.

Why do you then use your fan, sir? When all things are without self, there is no illusion or enlightenment, no birth or death, no Buddhas or sentient beings. Someone who says that because [the air] is ever-present we need not use a fan, or that even when we do not use [a fan] we can still feel the air, does not know ever-presence, and does not know the nature of air.

To learn one’s self is to forget one’s self.

Zen in daily life

When the Dharma has been received through the right transmission, one’s real self immediately appears. Yet, do not suppose that the ash is future and the firewood past. So this [form is emptiness] may be a more advanced view of life.

The moment you begin seeking the Dharma, you move far from its environs. To study the Buddha way is to study oneself.


Zen Essays by Dogen. If we attain this Way, all our actions are the actualization of enlightenment. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The authenticating experience of the Buddha Way and the vital way of correct transmission are like this.

In this way, no creature ever fails to realize its own completeness; wherever it is, it functions freely. Great enlightenment about delusion is Buddhas; great delusion about enlightenment is sentient beings. When dharma fills your body and mind, you understand that something is missing.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. This is the established buddha-turning of the dharma wheel. Yet, though it is like this, simply, flowers fall amid our longing and weeds spring up amid our antipathy. But the ocean is neither round nor square, and its features are infinite in variety. To say that one should not use a fan because the wind is constant, that there will be a wind even when one does not use a fan, fails to understand both constancy and the nature of gemjo wind.

Doesn’t its manifestation have moan be so?

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Genjp is fish being life. Similarly, seeing all things through a misconception of your body and mind gives koaj to the mistake that this mind and substance are eternal. In the sky, birds are life; and in the water, fish are life. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? To forget oneself is to be enlightened by the myriad dharmas. When Buddhas are really Buddhas, we need not know our identity with the Buddhas. Being just what they are, if one practice-authenticates the Buddha Way, then when one understands one thing, one penetrates one thing; when one takes up one practice, one cultivates one practice.

Further, some are continually enlightened beyond enlightenment but some add more and more illusion. Being enlightened by all things is causing the body-mind of oneself and the body-mind genho others to be shed. The moon does not get wet, and the surface of the water is not broken.


Genjo Koan | Suzuki Roshi Dharma Talks

Actualizing the Fundamental Point tr. To forget one’s self is to be confirmed by all dharmas. When one side is enlightened, the other side is dark. To have great illusion about enlightenment is to be a sentient being. The priest asked, Why then is the wind universally present? Just as firewood can never again be firewood after becoming ash, human beings cannot live again after their death.

We should realize that because of water there is life. To be enlightened by all things is to be free from attachment to the body and mind of one’s self and of others. Because the nature of air is to be ever-present, the behavior of Buddhists makes the Earth manifest itself as gold, and ripens the Milky Way into delicious cheese.

However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. All things are like this. In order to perceive these may aspects, you must understand that besides being round or square, oceans and rivers have many other characteristics and that there are many worlds in other directions.

When the Buddhas are indeed the Buddhas, there is no need genoj be self-conscious of being Buddhas; nevertheless it is realizing buddhahood—Buddhas go on realizing. If you look at only one side, the other is dark.