Dogen

‘Monks’ actions are endeavor in the cloud hall [monks’ hall], bowing in the buddha hall, and cleansing in the wash house. Further, putting palms together, greeting, burning incense, and boiling water are all right actions. It is not replacing the tail with the head, but replacing the head with the head, replacing the mind with the mind, replacing the buddha with the buddha, and replacing the way with the way. This is the right action path limb.

If you go astray and try to fathom buddha dharma other than this, your eyebrows and beard will fall out and your face will break up.’ (Shobogenzo Sanjushichi Hon Bodai Bumpo)

This Thirty-Seven Wings of Enlightenment fascicle mostry reads like pro-monastic propaganda, but this notion of right action can apply anywhere.


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