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)

Sunday, January 29, 2017- “Mind Only” – by Sokuzan

Yogacara, one of the two main schools of Mahayana Buddhism, is often referred to as the “Mind Only” school. This is not to say that anything outside the mind is unreal. It is intended to help you see that what you are experiencing is coming to you in some form of perception in consciousness, based on the six senses and the assumption of a separate self. When there is transformation at the basis of consciousness, that everything is dependently arisen is fundamentally seen. There is no separate self to be found anywhere.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017- “Presence” – by Sokuzan

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Don’t settle for the concept of “Being in the Now”. Thinking that you’re present is not presence. Presence is more like an absence. It is not something that you practice, it is something you are. Genuine presence is without a self, which doesn’t mean the self goes away.

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.

Emptiness Is Form

Sokuzan speaks of the relationship between emptiness and the self, inspired by the Heart Sutra.