Dogen Zenji

1200 - 1253

A Quote by Dogen Zenji on life, death, time, strive, and awaken squander

"Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life."

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on truth

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If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: BestSpirituality.com

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji

In a mind clear as still water,
even the waves, breaking,
are reflecting its light.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on spirituality

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen zenji

You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: motherhood, children, childlikeness

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen, zen, buddhism, moon, false stability, enlightenment, and spirituality

Through one word, or seven words, or three times five, even if you investigate thoroughly myriad forms, nothing can be depended upon. Night advances, the moon glows and falls into the ocean. The black dragon jewel you have been searching for, is everywhere.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen, zen, zazen, meditation, buddhism, and fire

Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection. Do not desire to become a buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away. Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on zen, dogen, buddhism, practice, the cook, questioning, and words

I asked, "What are words?" The tenzo said, "One, two, three, four, five." I asked again, "What is practice?" "Nothing in the entire universe is hidden."

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on dogen, zen, buddhism, moon, water, reflection, dewdrop, enlightenment, and spirituality

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Moon in a Dewdrop

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji

A zen master's life is one continuous mistake.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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