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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 here is where the place exists, and since the Way opens out in all directions, the reason we are unable to know its total knowable limits is simply because our knowing lives together and practices together with the full penetration of the Buddha Dharma. This applies not only to the periphery; we should remember that the same applies to this place ioan and now, and to a single drop of water.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. There is practice and enlightenment [like the above relationships of sky and birds, fish and water]. When you first seek dharma, you imagine you are far away from its environs. To study the Buddha way is to study oneself.

When the Dharma fills our body and mind, we feel as if something is missing. Those who deny the need for fanning because the nature of wind is stationary and be cause the wind is sensed without the use of a fan understand neither the eternal presence of the wind nor its nature.

There is ceasing the traces of enlightenment, which kkoan one to forever leave the traces of enlightenment which is cessation. Know that water is life and air is life. When all things are without self, there is no illusion or enlightenment, no birth or death, no Buddhas or sentient beings.

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There is no need for us to attach to some particular thing. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread. Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.

When buddhas are truly buddhas they do not need to be aware of being buddhas. To be confirmed by all dharmas is to cast off one’s body and mind and the bodies and minds of others as well. If you look at only one side, the other is dark. This is an established teaching of the Buddhist Dharma.

Genjo Koan | Suzuki Roshi Dharma Talks

Wednesday night we finish the whole thing. Death is an expression complete this moment. You must understand that the water is life and the air is life. To forget one’s self is to be confirmed by all dharmas. Yet they are realized, fully confirmed Buddhas—and they go on realizing Buddhahood continuously. When the true law is not fully absorbed by our body and mind, we think that it is sufficient. But this great ocean is neither round nor square.

If we are to grasp the true and particular natures of all things, we must know that in addition to apparent circularity or angularity, there are inexhaustibly great virtues in the mountains and seas.

Besides this we could proceed further. This is a Buddhist way of understanding—Buddhist way of practice. When myriad things are all not self, there is no delusion, no enlightenment, no Buddhas, no sentient beings, no birth, no death. Further, there are those who continue realizing beyond realization, who are in delusion throughout delusion. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.


But if we familiarize ourselves with our actual conduct and come back to this concrete place, it becomes clear that the millions of things and phenomena are different from ourselves.

GenjoKoan deals with the Koan expressed in daily life. Suzuki-roshi 4th talk. The depth is proportionate to the height. Furthermore the light of the moon covers the earth and yet it can be contained in small pool of water, a tiny dewdrop, or even one minuscule drop of water.

So here we find the absolute liberation.

Zen in daily life

It means wiping out even attachment to Satori. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

And when we find a concrete way here and now, it naturally follows that our actual behavior realizes the Universe. Who is a Hero? You must realize that fish live by water and birds by sky. When all things are seen not to have any substance, there is no illusion or enlightenment, no Buddhas or sentient beings, no birth, or destruction. It is only this: But although it has past and future, it is cut off from past and future.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on Facebook. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. To study Buddhism is to study the self.

This is rather difficult to understand, or to accept, because you think emptiness is some unusual thing. For example, when you take a boat to sea, where mountains are out of sight, and look around, you see only roundness; you cannot see anything else.

It is like a jewel.