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It is not just Dogen's translation. The Nirvana Sutra states that all beings have Buddha Nature. You can also check Mark Blum or Yamamoto's translations. However, Dogen played with the initial statement. He rephrased "All beings have Buddha Nature" in "All beings are Buddha Nature." I will not explain this point because you did not ask. The meaning of "All ...


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If you are referring to the intellectual capability of memory (隨念智), then this is not mentioned in Bendowa. The whole-hearted way is, as you say, awareness from moment to moment. According to Zen, it is the experiential reality, not the memory or interpretation thereof (even if the memory is one of realization). The memory of a previous realization cannot ...


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Think of not-thinking. How do you think of not-thinking? Be before thinking. These are the basics of zazen. When one's perceptional faculties are acutely developed and on the cusp of awakening, logical perception will begin to occur before emotional perception. For example, if there is a loud bang, the first perception in the mind will be, just a loud bang,...


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I had a look at translations of Dogen's essay "Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen": Think of not thinking. Not thinking-what kind of thinking is that? Nonthinking. This is the essential art of zazen. https://web.stanford.edu/group/scbs/sztp3/translations/gongyo_seiten/translations/part_3/fukan_zazengi.html I did further research on the ...


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To me the English phrase, "think of thinking which is no longer thought" implies that it used to be thought, that it was previously thought, but is no longer thought i.e. it is not thought any more. In other words it's something to do with after thought, not before thought. The way I understand "before thought" is, for example, if I see a tree then what I'm ...


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Dogen is pointing to emptiness. When the self drops, you realise you are one with the ten thousand things, and there is no more I and them. Enlightenment, path, etc are no more than concepts. The Heart Sutra: "Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form. That which is form is emptiness, that which is emptiness ...


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This idea is elaborated in Dogen's work called "Uji" (The Time-Being). Here I will paste some bits and pieces: Time itself is being, and all being is time. Each moment is all being, is the entire world. Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of the present moment. In essence, all things in the entire world are linked with one ...


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As Chogyam Trungpa explained in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (or was it in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation ?), the perfectly enlightened Bodhisattva always does exactly what's right at the moment. The perfectly enlightened Bodhisattva is always on time. Because their mind is not running ahead nor falling behind, it is always ...


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Dogen quotes from Goodreads on the internet Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life. This dew-like life will fade away; avoid involvement in superfluous things. There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from ...


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Dogen is said to have said: Time itself is being, and all being is time. But what does “is” mean, and how does it help form the answer being searched for by the OP? In the question, the OP interprets what Dogen said, in the text that the OP quoted, as meaning: Dogen says here that spring is not after winter, but there is still "before" and "...


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Memory does not appear in the translated Bendowa However, if we consider that memory might be defined as "held thought", then this passage from the Bendowa may be relevant: All Buddhas continually dwell within this state, with None holding onto any of Their thoughts or perceptions, regardless of whatever may arise, whereas the great mass of sentient ...


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The 1st koan is of the phrase in the Pali scriptures: "deep, deep...connected with emptiness". In the Pali scriptures, there is the statement about enlightenment & Nirvana: 'Birth is ended...there is no more renewal of being'. 'Birth' ('jati') & 'being' ('bhava') are the generation of the idea that there is 'self' & 'other people', i.e.,...


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