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What is before spring?

Genjokoan says Birth is an expression complete this moment. Death is an expression complete this moment. They are like winter and spring. You do not call winter the beginning of spring, nor summer ...
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What did Dogen think a miracle was?

Dogen, Shobogenzo #26 Guishan is the thirty-seventh ancestor, a direct descendant of Shakyamuni Buddha. He was a dharma heir of Bhaizhang, Zen Master Dazhi, Today buddha ancestors in the ten ...
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I'm fascinated by 'death': what would Dogen say?

I'm fascinated by 'death': what would Dogen say? What about Rinzai zen? I don't have any questions about it, but I'm sure there's answers I haven't contemplated at all. Quotes would be necessary.
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What does it mean by 'All beings have a Buddha nature'?

I have come across this phrase while studying Zen, in a Zen meditation center. It is Dogen's translation of Nirvan Sutra. That all beings by nature are Buddha. As I understand, we become Buddha when ...
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Does Dogen bring good news?

As I understand it, Dogen says that, at least for those new to seated meditation, there is no enlightenment outside seated meditation. Well, to me that if true that's awful! No speech, no writing, no ...
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Does Dogen's wholehearted way say anything about the status of memory?

Seems to me that memory is notoriously fallible, whatever we think about the nature of the self. I have a copy, but rather than reread it, I thought to ask, whether Dogen's wholehearted way, or right ...
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What does "ease" mean in the phrase "dharma gate of ease and joy"?

What is the "ease" of the "dharma gate of ease and joy"? Can an unelightened person achieve it outside seated meditation? Ought I imagine everything is difficult, or everything is easy? How can we be ...
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What does dogen's genjo-koan mean?

What does the genjo-koan means? Especially: To study the buddha way 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 ...
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Is this a passable translation of Dogen's "without thinking"?

His, Dogen's, Fukanzazengi, says Think of not-thinking. How do you think of not-thinking? Be before thinking. These are the basics of zazen. I haven't, I think, been formally taught zazen. But ...
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