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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However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddhas. Although it has [its own] prior and subsequent, it is cut off from prior and subsequent. Know that water is life and air is life.

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This is the established buddha-turning of the dharma wheel. Practice that confirms things by taking the self to them is illusion: But dharma is already correctly transmitted; you are immediately your original self. Life must be the bird and life must be the fish.

Zen in daily life

Therefore, they are just what they are. Once firewood turns to ash, the ash cannot revert to being firewood. Yet the great ocean is not circular. If the fish leaves the water it kian die at once. Since the Buddha Way from the beginning transcends fullness and deficiency, there is birth and extinction, delusion and enlightenment, beings and Buddhas. When all things belong to the not-self, there are delusion, no enlightenment, no all beings, no birth and decay.


It is only this: This is another principle of Buddha’s Law. koaj

Some proceed amid their illusion deeper into further illusion. However, the ocean is not round, and its virtue is limitless. Therefore, they realize full function in each thing and free ability according to each place. All things are like this.

Although actualized immediately, the inconceivable may not be apparent. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

If you live truly and return to the source, it is clear that all things have no substance. However, though fish and birds have grnjo been apart from the water and the air, when the need is great the function is great; when the need is small the function is small. It is like a place—it is palace—it is like a palace. To train and enlighten loan things from the self: When he looks at the boat under him, he realizes the boat is moving.

While this is so, the fish and birds have never been apart from henjo water and the sky—it’s just that when the need is large the use is large, and when the requirement is small the use is small.

The moon appears in the water but does not get wet nor is the water kown by the moon. Buddhism is originally transcendent over abundance and scarcity, and so [in reality] there is life and death, there is delusion and realization, there are people and buddhas.

But we are enlightened Buddhas and express the Buddha in daily life. The place, the way, has not carried over from the past and it is not merely arising now. To be authenticated by the myriad things is to drop genji the mind-body of oneself and others.


Someone who says that because [the air] is ever-present we need not use a fan, or that even when we do not use [a fan] we can still feel the air, does not know ever-presence, and does not know the nature of air.

One should certainly not think that, attaining this place, it necessarily becomes his own perception, nor that it is a matter of knowledge. To learn about genko is to forget oneself. The existence of practice and experience, the existence of their age itself and life itself can also be [explained] like this.

If a bird leaves the sky, it will soon die. I appreciate the varied perspectives on this luminous jewel.

Genjōkōan – Wikipedia

The actualization of the buddha-dharma, the vital path of its correct transmission, is like this. Ash exists in its place in the Universe as ash, and it has its past moment and its future moment. Nevertheless, they experience the state of buddha, and they go on experiencing the state of buddha. Thus, each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm. The bird is life and the fish is life. Mayoku was using a fan.

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