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 truth

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Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on actualize, mountains, and world

Mountains and rivers at this very moment are the actualization of the world of the ancient Buddhas. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on body and buddhism

Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on body, buddhism, colors, mountains, speech, and water

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.

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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