Dogen Zenji

1200 - 1253

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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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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