Dogen

‘Cherish the dropping away of body and mind. Eyes like lightning illuminate the Milky Way. Value sitting that breaks through the vajra seat. Who knows the wall-gazing of our house?’ (Extensive Record, 272)

Dogen

‘Once someone asked: “Suppose a student, hearing it taught that he himself is the Buddhadharma and that one must not seek it outside, should acquire great faith in these words, abandon the practice, study under a teacher that had occupied him until then, and spend his life doing both good and bad in accordance with […]

Shinshu Roberts

‘We might observe that the stages of so-called sequential time are not actually available to us. Time’s past and future are only a concept we have of the past or future of this moment. What is available to us is our direct experience of now. This “now” includes remembrance of the past and projections into […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘ “Therefore, water is in places that are not rivers and seas; it is just that, when water descends to earth, it works as rivers and seas.” This is the same as our life force: it works in certain ways. To be a writer is not my essence. It is simply a part within the […]

Dale S. Wright

‘Seeing all things wisely, as “empty” of their “own-being,” the bodhisattva begins to live differently in the world. Based on the vision that this perspective enables, this new way of living absorbs energy from the surrounding world and transmits quantities of energy that can be absorbed by others. Wisdom empowers that ability, in part by […]

Dogen

‘The power of trust is to be fooled by the self and have nowhere to escape. It is to be called by someone else and turn your head around. It is to be just here from birth to old age…  The power of effort is to speak of what action cannot express, to act what […]

Shohaku Okumura

‘Common sense tells us that water is in a river, ocean, lake, or bowl, and that it comes out when we tip the bowl. Dogen says that wherever water goes, that place becomes a river; where water stays becomes a lake; where water becomes large and rests becomes an ocean. There is no ocean, river […]