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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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. Just as man does not obstruct enlightenment, the dewdrop does not obstruct the moon in the sky.

When all things belong to the kkoan, there are delusion, no enlightenment, no all beings, no birth and decay. Just as this firewood, after it has become ash, does not turn into firewood again, so a person, after death, does not take rebirth. They fully utilize every aspect to its utmost—freely, limitlessly. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The existence of practice and experience, the existence of their age itself and life itself can also be [explained] like this.

Suzuki-roshi and Lama Govinda. A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. Birth is an expression complete this moment. However, though fish and birds have never been apart from kozn water and the air, when the need is great the function is great; when the need is small the function is small.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. 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.

Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water.


Genjōkōan – Wikipedia

But the form, or the position, you have right now is not a permanent one. Zen master Pao-ch’ih was fanning himself one summer day when a passing priest asked: When dharma does not fill your whole body and mind, you think it is already sufficient. Share your thoughts with other customers. This is an established teaching of the Buddhist Dharma.

Realization is not always definite. So not to say that life becomes death is a natural standpoint of Buddhism. And it can be said that the sky lives by birds and the water by fish, and those birds are life and fish are life. Know that firewood abides in its dharma position as firewood and has its past and future.

When Buddhas are truly Buddhas, there is no need for them to perceive they are Buddhas. It must be that the bird means life [for the sky], and the fish means life [for the water]; that life is the bird, life is the fish.

To train and enlighten all things from the self: It is just that when there is a great need, the use is great, and when there is a small need, the use is small. Suzuki-roshi 2nd talk. There are people who attain further realization on the basis of realization. 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 the wind.

It is like winter and spring.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. We must realize that this inexhaustible store is present not only all around us, it is present right beneath out feet and within a single drop of water.

Because the place is right here and the path is thoroughly grasped, the reason you do not know the entirety of what is to be known is that this knowing and the total ioan of the Buddha Dharma arise together and practice together. You do not call winter the beginning of spring, nor summer the end of spring. Buddhists do not speak of life becoming death. When a person starts to search out the dharma, he separates himself far from the dharma.


When birds fly in the sky, there is no end to the sky no matter how far they fly.

Zen in daily life

The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many of the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Practice that confirms things by taking the self to them is illusion: However, flowers fall with our attachment, and weeds grow with our detachment. Actualizing the Fundamental Point tr.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: We should work in this way. This kkoan the state in which the place exists and the way is realized, and this is why we cannot clearly recognize where [the place and the way] are—because such recognition and the perfect realization genko Buddhism appear together and are experienced together.

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It’s not only thus in out of the way places—know that even a single drop right before us is also thus. Read more Read less.

Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of genio dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.

The experience, the realization, and the living, right transmission of the Buddhist Dharma is like this. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.