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A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. - Dogen Quotes
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
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When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves. - Dogen Quotes
When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.
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Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.
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You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
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If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? Thanks to Josette Champagne. -Dogen.
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The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. - Dogen Quotes
The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
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Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
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Life and death are nothing but the mind. Years, months, days, and hours are nothing but the mind. Dreams, illusions, and mirages are nothing but the mind. The bubbles of water and the flames of fire are nothing but the mind. The flowers of the spring and the moon of the autumn are nothing but the mind. Confusions and dangers are nothing but the mind.
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If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? - Dogen Quotes
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
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Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life.
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But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.
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A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself. - Dogen Quotes
A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.
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Students, when you want to say something, think about it three times before you say it. Speak only if your words will benefit yourselves and others. Do not speak if it brings no benefit.
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That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening
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Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way. - Dogen Quotes
Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way.
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There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.
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To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves. - Dogen Quotes
To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves.
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To escape from the world means that one's mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world. - Dogen Quotes
To escape from the world means that one's mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.
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If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.
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When both body and mind are at peace, all things appear as they are: perfect, complete, lacking nothing.
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Studying the Buddha way is studying oneself. Studying oneself is forgetting oneself. Forgetting oneself is being enlightened by all things. Being enlightened by all things is to shed the body-mind of oneself, and those of others. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this traceless enlightenment continues endlessly.
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Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, Nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, The ultimate truth of the oneness of all things.
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Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude. This means that you practice continuously, without wasting a single day of your life, without using it for your own sake. Why is it so? Your life is a fortunate outcome of the continuous practice of the past. You should express your gratitude immediately.
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If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace.
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If you want to do a certain thing, you first have to be a certain person. Once you become that certain person, you will not care anymore about doing that certain thing.
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Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools. - Dogen Quotes
Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.
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To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections. - Dogen Quotes
To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.
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Just practice good, do good for others, without thinking of making yourself known so that you may gain reward. Really bring benefit to others, gaining nothing for yourself. This is the primary requisite for breaking free of attachments to the Self.
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Let your heart go out and abide in things. Let things return and abide in your heart. - Dogen Quotes
Let your heart go out and abide in things. Let things return and abide in your heart.
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In the mundane, nothing is sacred. In sacredness, nothing is mundane. - Dogen Quotes
In the mundane, nothing is sacred. In sacredness, nothing is mundane.
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IF YOU WOULD BE FREE OF GREED, FIRST YOU HAVE TO LEAVE EGOTISM BEHIND. THE BEST MENTAL EXERCISE FOR RELINQUISHING EGOTISM IS CONTEMPLATING IMPERMANENCE.
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What is reality? An icicle forming in fire. - Dogen Quotes
What is reality? An icicle forming in fire.
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We must always be disturbed by the truth. - Dogen Quotes
We must always be disturbed by the truth.
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No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.
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Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it.
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Something you want badly enough can always be gained. No matter how fierce the enemy, how remote the beautiful lady, or how carefully guarded the treasure, there is always a means to the goal for the earnest seeker. The unseen help of the guardian gods of heaven and earth assure fulfillment.
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To start from the self and try to understand all things is delusion. To let the self be awakened by all things is enlightenment.
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Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech.
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There are those who, attracted by grass, flowers, mountains, and waters, flow into the Buddha Way. - Dogen Quotes
There are those who, attracted by grass, flowers, mountains, and waters, flow into the Buddha Way.
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Although its light is wide and great, the Moon is reflected in a puddle one inch wide. The whole Moon and the entire sky is reflected in one dew drop on the grass.
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There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.
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Do not travel to other dusty lands, forsaking your own sitting place; if you cannot find the truth where you are now, you will never find it.
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People who truly follow the Way would do well to conceal the fact that they are Buddhists. - Dogen Quotes
People who truly follow the Way would do well to conceal the fact that they are Buddhists.
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Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. - Dogen Quotes
Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.
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Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. - Dogen Quotes
Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil.
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Yet you must not cling to the words of the old sages either; they, too, may not be right. Even if you believe them, you should be alert so that, in the event that something superior comes along, you may follow that.
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Emptiness is bound to bloom, like hundreds of grasses blossoming. - Dogen Quotes
Emptiness is bound to bloom, like hundreds of grasses blossoming.
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I haven't got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen. - Dogen Quotes
I haven't got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen.
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Whenever learners or those beyond learning awaken the mind, for the first time they plant one buddha-nature. Working with the four elements and five clusters, if they practice sincerely they attain enlightenment. Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment. This is because the four elements and five clusters and plants, trees, fences and walls are fellow students; because they are of the same essence, because they are the same mind and the same life, because they are the same body and the same mechanism.
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A zen master's life is one continuous mistake. - Dogen Quotes
A zen master's life is one continuous mistake.
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One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world. - Dogen Quotes
One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
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In the stream, Rushing past To the dusty world, My fleeting form Casts no reflection. - Dogen Quotes
In the stream, Rushing past To the dusty world, My fleeting form Casts no reflection.
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Do no harmful actions, do not become attached to the cycle of death and rebirth, show kindness, respect the old and have compassion for the young, do not have a heart that rejects or a heart that covets and have no worry or sadness in your heart. This is what is called enlightenment. Do not seek it elsewhere.
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Though it has no thought of keeping watch, it's not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the grain field.
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You should stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear. If you want to attain just this, immediately practice just this.
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People like what is not true and they don't like what is true.
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Practice and enlightenment are not two.
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What you think in your own mind to be good, or what people of the world think is good, is not necessarily good.
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In a snowfall that covers the winter grass a white heron uses his own whiteness to disappear.
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When the old plum tree blooms, the entire world blooms.
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If you want to see things just as they are, then you yourself must practice just as you are.
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Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection. Do not desire to become a buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away. Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire.
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Students today should live fully every moment of time. This dew-like life fades away; time speeds swiftly. In this short life of ours, avoid involvement in superfluous things and just study the Way.
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Coming, going, the waterbirds, don't leave a trace, don't follow a path.
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Those who practice know whether realization is attained or not, just as those who drink water know whether it is hot or cold
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Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma.
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I asked, "What are words?" The tenzo said, "One, two, three, four, five." I asked again, "What is practice?" "Nothing in the entire universe is hidden."
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Zazen is an activity that is an extension of the universe. Zazen is not the life of an individual, it's the universe that's breathing.
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Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.
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Since it is the practice of enlightenment, that practice has no beginning and since it is enlightenment within the practice, that realization has no end.
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Be moderate in eating and drinking. Mindful of the passing of time, engage yourself in zazen as though saving your head from fire.
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Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
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The true person is Not anyone in particular; But like the deep blue color Of the limitless sky, It is everyone, Everywhere in the world.
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Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we grasp onto the physical forms we see. Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we cling to the sounds we hear. As a consequence, we make ourselves inseparable from all things, yet we are not like some shadowy figure 'lodging' in a mirror or like the moon in water. Whenever we witness what is on the one side, its opposite side will be in darkness.
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When you walk in the mist, you get wet.
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In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light.
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Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment.
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To study the Way is to study the Self. To study the Self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe. To be enlightened by all things of the universe is to cast off the body and mind of the self as well as those of others. Even the traces of enlightenment are wiped out, and life with traceless enlightenment goes on forever and ever
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If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
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Do not doubt that mountains walk simply because they may not appear to walk like humans.
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