Dogen Zenji

1200 - 1253

A Quote by Dogen Zenji on reality, zen, and emptiness

What is Reality?  An icicle forming in fire.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on enlightenment, delusion, and awakening

That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on studying, the way, self, and enlightenment

Studying the Buddha way is studying oneself.
Studying oneself is forgetting oneself.
Forgetting oneself is being enlightened by all things.
Being enlightened by all things is to shed the body-mind of oneself, and those of others.
No trace of enlightenment remains, and this traceless enlightenment
continues endlessly.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji

The true person is
Not anyone in particular;
But like the deep blue color
Of the limitless sky,
It is everyone,
Everywhere in the world.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on action, discovery, and obstacles

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions; they have not discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Awakening the Unsurpassed Mind,

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on heart, mind, plants, practice, zen, and elightenment

In the assemblies of the enlightened ones there have been many cases of mastering the Way bringing forth the heart of plants and trees; this is what awakening the mind for enlightenment is like. The fifth patriarch of Zen was once a pine-planting wayfarer; Rinzai worked on planting cedars and pines on Mount Obaku. . . . Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Awakening the Unsurpassed Mind, #31

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on body, buddhism, learning, life, mind, nature, plants, practice, students, and time

Whenever learners or those beyond learning awaken the mind, for the first time they plant one buddha-nature. Working with the four elements and five clusters, if they practice sincerely they attain enlightenment. Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment. This is because the four elements and five clusters and plants, trees, fences and walls are fellow students; because they are of the same essence, because they are the same mind and the same life, because they are the same body and the same mechanism.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Awakening the Unsurpassed Mind, #31 Translated by Thomas Cleary, Rational Zen: The Mind of Dogen Zenji

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji

Yet, though it is like this, simply, flowers fall amid our longing and weeds spring up amid our antipathy.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Genjokoan

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on buddhism, study, and elightenment

To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on study and elightenment

To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Contributed by: Zaady

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