Monday, April 11, 2011

Study Hall - Shobogenzo

It's been a couple of weeks since I picked up Dogen, so it was nice to have a short fascicle, 'Rules for Zazen', 'Zazen Gi', to ease me back in. It is a re-tread of the central part of the 'Fukanzazengi',  and as is the case with things I know well, it is the subtle differences in translation that I find interesting:
"Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavor. It is not introspection...
Zazen is not learning to do concentration. It is the dharma gate of great ease and joy. It is undivided practice-realization".
Good words to bear in mid as we settle back on our cushions after interim.

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