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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You must realize that fish live by water and birds by sky. Those who enlighten their delusion are Buddhas; those deluded in enlightenment are all-beings. You must realize that how short or long a time the moon is reflected in the water testifies to how small or large the water is, and how narrow or full the moon.

Do not consider enlightenment an obstacle in your life. Writings of Zen Master Dogen. Although it has [its own] prior and subsequent, it is cut off from prior and subsequent. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Considered to be the founding teacher of the Soto school of Zen, he was the author of many books and tracts, and his most important work, The Shobogenzo Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharmawas collected into 95 fascicles regarding practice and enlightenment.

Yet we are Buddhas and we come to authenticate this Buddha. Customers who bought this item also bought. Yet they are realized, fully confirmed Buddhas—and they go on realizing Buddhahood continuously.

This Way, this place, is neither large nor small, neither self nor other, has neither existed previously nor is just now manifesting, and thus it is just as it is. But the ocean is neither round or square; its features are infinite in variety.


Therefore, they realize full function in each thing and free ability according to each place. It is like going out in a boat in the middle of an ocean with no mountains.

thezensite: English Translations of Genjokoan

Though you know the nature of wind is stationary, you do not know why it is universally present. Zen master Baoche of Mt. He gnejo in Kyoto on September 22, Nevertheless, they experience the state of buddha, and they go on experiencing the state of buddha. However, the ocean is not round, and its virtue is limitless. Because there are birds there is life; because there are fish there is life.

When the True Law is not totally attained, both physically and mentally, there is a tendency to think koab we posses the complete Law and our work is finished. Though various things are contained in this world of enlightenment, we can see and understand only as far as the vision of a Zen trainee.

Zen in daily life

You see nothing as you gaze about you but a wide circle of sea. It is only this: And his every point of view is the one centre of it all. Mayu, Zen master Baoche, was fanning himself. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. Verification of the Buddha Dharma, the gennjo transmission of the vital Way, is like this.

To forget oneself is to be enlightened by the myriad dharmas. However, they are still enlightened Buddhas and continually realize Buddha. Practice, enlightenment, and people are like this. They are like winter and spring. 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 being reflected in water.


Fukan Zazengi guidelines for zazen practice The current page: There is no need for us to attach to some particular thing.

You probably will be able to find other variations of this idea among men, although there are training and enlightenment and long and short lives, all are modes of truth itself.

And when we find a concrete way here and now, it naturally follows that our actual behavior realizes the Universe.

thezensite: Dogen’s Genjokoan

We should realize that because of water there is life. Even though complete realization is immediately manifest, it is not always seen as one’s intimate being, and why need it be? Just as firewood does not become firewood again after it is ash, you do not moan to birth after death. There is practice and enlightenment [like the above relationships of sky and birds, fish and water]. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. It is the same with all things—in the realms of matter, beyond conceptualization, they include many aspects, but we see and comprehend only what the power of our eye of contemplative study reaches.

The first portion of this lecture was not recorded.