Zen Master Dogen

Magazine Teachings

13th Century Zen Master Dogen on Being Time

  An ancient Buddha said: For the time being stand on top of the highest peak.For the time being proceed along the bottom of the deepest ocean.For the time being three heads and eight arms. For the time being an eight-or sixteen-foot body. For the time being a staff or whisk.For the time being a […]

By Zen Master Dogen

Magazine Teachings

Mountains and Waters Sutra

Mountains and waters right now are the actualization of the ancient buddha way. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness. Because mountains and waters have been active since before the Empty Aeon, they are alive at this moment. Because they have been the self since before form arose they are emancipation-realization. Because mountains are […]

By Zen Master Dogen

Magazine Meditation & Practice

Instructions for the Tenzo

In a traditional Zen monastery, the position of tenzo, or head cook, is held by a monk who is considered to “have way-seeking mind, or by senior disciples with an aspiration for enlightenment.” Here, Japanese Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253) instructs his monks on the importance of the position of the tenzo as it had been […]

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