Dogen

‘No one gained the Way by erecting lofty buildings that have gleaming jewels and gold adornments. This merely is a good action that gives blessings by bringing lay treasures into the Buddhist world. Although small causes can have large effects. Buddhism does not prosper if monks engage in such activities. If you learn one phrase of the Buddha’s teaching or practice zazen even for a moment in a thatched hut or even under a tree, Buddhism will truly flourish.’ (Shobogenzo Zuimonki)

I have probably posted this passage before, but it is a good one. I noted from the sleeve of the edition that I have that ‘zuimonki’ means ‘easy for the ears to understand,’ which is certainly true for most of these talks.


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