‘There is a simple way to become a buddha: when you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate towards all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Seek nothing else’ – Shobogenzo Shoji

Dogen always makes it sound so easy.

2 thoughts on “Dogen

  1. Shundo, you are inspirational. Thanks for this post. the deepest bow
    A great American musician when asked about the complexities of jazz and how it can be difficult—RC said—’it’s easy when you know how’
    As a neophyte (or not) on this journey seeking the way – I say say ‘seek nothing else’ ‘deny nothing else’ this way of life is easy peasy—if you know how. And the drop-down menu of ‘simple ways, I’m thinking— are the stepping stones to Buddhahood — follow the great recipe.
    My mother use to say when we would disagree—‘Like 2/peas in a pod’.
    I love actualizing the swinging doors — life death life death fear excluding desiring thoughts worries seeking inside outside evil compassion attachments sitting crossed-legged—ALL, I’m told and I believe, are great training and digging tools with very big bright lights to the liberation I aspire. For me, the most difficult and most aspiring— the not looking not seeking not doing.
    A turning back of the self is imperative. Kenki


    1. Thank you Shalamah, please remind me to post the story of Lingzhao when I return. I would say we all have the capacity within us, so we already know how; ‘in the whole world it is never hidden’…


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