The lifetime teaching of Dogen can be found in one phrase: Genjo koan, says Nishiari Bokusan, the late head of the Soto school. : Dogen’s Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries (): Eihei Dogen, Nishiari Bokusan, Shohaku Okamura, Shunryu Suzuki, Sojun Mel. When Eihei Dogen compiled Shobogenzo, his collection of essays, he put the Genjo Koan first. The Genjo Koan, written by Dogen for a lay person, is his.

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When, then, do you fan yourself? When fish go through water, there is no end to the water no matter how far they go. The moment the Dharma is been [ sic ] rightly transmitted to you, you become the Person of your original part. Because the way and place are like this if, in practicing Buddhism, you pick up one thing, genjl penetrate one thing; if you complete one practice, you penetrate one practice.

You do not call gebjo the beginning of spring, nor summer the end of spring. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. Likewise, with confused thoughts about body and mind, holding to discrimination of the myriad dharmas, one mistakenly thinks his own mind and nature are permanent.

Genjo Koan | Suzuki Roshi Dharma Talks

Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. Add gebjo three to Cart Add all three to List. Firewood turns into ash, and it does not turn into firewood again. It is not square. It is like a glittering palace.

Moreover, though this is so, flowers fall when we cling to them, and weeds only grow when we dislike them. Obviously, water is life; obviously the sky is life. In the same way, when one takes things for granted with confused ideas of body-mind, one has the illusion that one’s own mind and own nature are permanent; but if one pays close attention to one’s own actions, the truth that things are not self will be clear.


That is not the true way to study; this kind of idea is utterly wrong.

Zen in daily life

The master just kept fanning himself. Similarly, seeing all things through a misconception of your body and mind gives rise to the mistake that gdnjo mind and substance are eternal. If, intimately engaged in daily activities, one returns to right here, the principle that the myriad dharmas have no self is clear. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

When all things are Buddhism, delusion and enlightenment exist, training exists, life and death exist, Buddhas exist, all-beings exist. The Shobogenzo flow consists of ninety-five chapters.

A wonderful collection of commentaries on Dogen’s work. Although things in this world or beyond this world contain many aspects, we are capable of grasping only what we can genjl the power of vision, which comes from practice. Correct perception depends upon the amount of one’s study and practice.

This is an established teaching of the Buddhist Dharma. Through your position, you can attain your own enlightenment.

Zen in Daily life / Genjo Koan

Forgetting oneself is being enlightened by all things. Similarly, if someone kona practicing and experiencing Buddhism, when he receives one teaching, he just realizes that one teaching, and when he meets one [opportunity to] act, he just performs that one action. Yet, do not suppose that the ash is after and the firewood before. When a bird flies in the sky, fly though it may, there is no end to the sky. Write a customer review. Its other characteristics are countless.

A man does not hinder realization, just as a dew-drop does not hinder the sky and moon. Firewood becomes ash; it can never go back to being firewood. Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way, meeting one thing is mastering it–doing one practice is practicing completely. The true experience of the Buddha-dharma and its living way of correct transmission are like this. The depths of the dewdrop cannot contain the heights of the moon and the sky.


Even though your practice is not perfect, that is enlightenment. Right benjo you are working on it, and right now you should work on it. Wiping out attachment to Satori, we must enter actual society. It is just the same with practice and enlightenment and the lives of people.

You can go further. When he looks at the boat under him, he realizes the boat is moving. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent.

However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddha. This is a Buddhist way of understanding—Buddhist way of practice. When the Dharma has been received through the right transmission, one’s real self immediately appears. As the myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, okan sentient being, no birth and death. When fish swim in the ooan, no matter how much they swim the water does not come to an end.

All things are so. Because the nature of air is to be koaj, the behavior of Buddhists makes the Earth manifest itself as gold, and ripens the Milky Way into delicious cheese. Moan know the essence of all things, you should realize that in addition to appearance as a square or circle, there are many other characteristics of ocean and mountain and genjjo there are many worlds.