Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo by Shohaku Okumura

By Shohaku Okumura

Dogen, the thirteenth-century Zen grasp who based the japanese Soto university of Zen, is popular as one the world's so much awesome non secular geniuses. His works are either richly poetic and deeply insightful and philosophical, pointing to the never-ending depths of Zen exploration. And virtually accurately as a result of those evidence, Dogen is usually tricky for readers to appreciate and entirely appreciate.

Realizing Genjokoan is a finished creation to the lessons and method of this nice philosopher, taking us on a radical guided journey of an important essay-Genjokoan-in Dogen's seminal paintings, the Shobogenzo. certainly, the Genjokoan is considered the head of Dogen's writings, encompassing and encapsulating the essence of the entire remainder of his work.

Our travel consultant for this trip is Shohaku Okumura, a renowned instructor in his personal correct, who has committed his lifestyles to translating and instructing Dogen.

This quantity additionally contains an creation to Dogen's existence from Hee-Jin Kim's vintage, Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist, with up to date annotations by way of Okumura.

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The First Dharma Seal: Everything Contains Suffering “Everything contains suffering” means that we suffer when we don’t recognize the reality of impermanence and lack of independent existence. If we cling to our sense of independent self as if it were permanent and make self-centered desires the priority of our lives, then life as a whole becomes suffering. “Everything contains suffering” refers even to pleasure, happiness, and success, since both the positive and negative things we experience become part of the cycle of suffering.

We no longer struggle to be more important or powerful than others, and we no longer strive to be who we want to be. This practice of awakening, which is itself nirvana, allows us to settle into the reality of impermanence and lack of independent existence. We then begin to live more peacefully. Nirvana is not a fantastic state of mind like an LSD trip, and it is not a special trance or escape from life. Nor is nirvana a state in which a person no longer experiences pain and sorrow. The Buddha, for example, was enlightened when he was thirty-six years old.

When I was a teenager. . ” To speak about changes in our lives and communicate in a meaningful way, we must speak as if we assumed that there is an unchanging “I” that has been experiencing the changes; otherwise, the word “change” has no meaning. But according to Buddhist philosophy, self-identity, the “I,” is a creation of the mind; we create self-identity because it’s convenient and useful in certain ways. We must use self-identity to live responsibly in society, but we should realize that it is merely a tool, a symbol, a sign, or a concept.

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