Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – “Things Come Forth and Experience Themselves” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about a line from Dogen’s Genjokoan: “To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017- “Forget The Self” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about several lines in Genjokoan (Actualizing the Fundamental Point) from Dogen’s Shobogenzo: “To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no trace continues endlessly. “ (Translation edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – “Return To The Source” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan reads from Dogen’s essay “Turning the Dharma Wheel”: “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, space in the ten directions also opens up reality and returns to the source.” Sokuzan teaches that opening up reality and returning to the source means finding a way to step outside temporarily into the space of being able to receive what is coming at you in the practice of meditation.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – “When Buddhas Are Truly Buddhas” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan teaches from a line in Genjokoan from Dogen’s Shobogenzo: “When buddhas are truly buddhas they don’t need to perceive that they are buddhas, however, they are enlightened buddhas and they continue actualizing buddhas.” (translation by Shokaku Okumura)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – “Dogen: To Forget The Self” – by Sokuzan

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Sokuzan talks about several lines in Dogen’s Genjokoan: To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as bodies and minds of others drop away.