Dōgen, aka Dōgen Kigen, Eihei Dōgen, titled as Dōgen Zenji

Dōgen, aka Dōgen Kigen, Eihei Dōgen, titled as Dōgen Zenji
1200
1253

Japanese Zen Monk, Zen Buddhist Teacher and Founder of the Soto School of Zen in Japan. "Zenji" is a title meaning zen master, and the name Dogen means roughly "Source of the Way"

Author Quotes

Do your training and practice, even though you may still be attached to discriminatory thinking, and do your training and practice, even if you have gone beyond discriminatory thinking, and even though you may be half-hearted in the attempt.

It is not bad and may be recommendable to do mindfulness training lying down, for example when weak and elderly.

The beasts and minions of Mara are many.

When one listens to what the worldly praise, one fails to get the truly wise. If one would get the truly wise, one should have the wisdom to illumine behind and see ahead.

Each and every extraordinary activity, is simply having rice.

Just study Buddhism. Don't follow the sentiments of the world.

The black dragon's jewel you have been searching for, is everywhere.

When other sects speak well of Zen, the first thing that they praise is its poverty.

Examine the rice and sand so that rice is not thrown out with sand.

Life is short, and no one knows what the next moment will bring. Cultivate your mind while you still have the opportunity. You will soon discover the treasure of wisdom, which in turn you can share abundantly with others, bringing them happiness and peace.

The Buddha said, "Elements come together and form this body. At the time of appearing, elements appear. At the time of disappearing, elements disappear. When elements appear, I do not say "I" appear. When elements disappear, I do not say "I" disappear. Past moments and future moments do not arise in sequence. Past elements and future elements are not in alignment. This is the meaning of ocean mudra samadhi." Closely investigate these words by the Buddha. Attaining the way and entering realization does not necessarily require extensive learning or realization. Anyone can attain the way through a simple verse of four lines. Even scholars of extensive learning can enter realization through a one line verse.

When the aspiration to seek the Way has become sincere, either during the period of sole concentration on sitting, or when dealing with illustrative example of the people of olden times, or when meeting the teacher, [then act accordingly].

From this life through all future lives, pray to be able to hear the True Teachings and not to fail to trust in Them, to embrace the Buddha's Teachings.

Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace and blessedness itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, the ultimate truth of the oneness of all things.

The dharma as bequeathed by the Buddha; there is no further additional dharma. This principle is the bones of the dharma, the marrow of the way.

When you get good at these things, a still, small voice of your true nature can be listened to in a state of harmony, coming to the fore through meditative harmonisation of body and mind. That is part of the Zen-sitting teaching too. Perhaps you get more sensitive to what is good for you too, as time goes by.

Having once realized the Place, you must not analyze It in order to understand It through discriminatory thought and, thereby, reduce It to fit your own opinions.

Never think that those who possess the five or six spiritual abilities . . . are in any way superior to an ordinary, everyday person.

The fifth patriarch of Zen was once a pine-planting wayfarer; Rinzai worked on planting cedars and pines on Mount Obaku. . . . Working with trees walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.

Wicked ministers seek court ranks with flattery. Thus, the disorder of the world increases and the country cannot avoid peril.

I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars.

Not to use the wise is a loss to the country; to use the unworthy is a regret for the country.

The holy ones do not stop at dhyana [meditation], and yet they do not oppose dhyana

Worldly duties do not, in and of themselves, impede the Buddha Dharma.

I decided to compile a record of the customs and standards that I experienced first-hand in the Zen monasteries of the great Kingdom of Sung, together with a record of profound instruction from a counselor which I have received and maintained. I will leave this record to people who learn in practice and are easy in the truth, so that they can know the right Dharma of the Buddha's lineage.

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First Name
Dōgen, aka Dōgen Kigen, Eihei Dōgen, titled as Dōgen Zenji
Birth Date
1200
Death Date
1253
Bio

Japanese Zen Monk, Zen Buddhist Teacher and Founder of the Soto School of Zen in Japan. "Zenji" is a title meaning zen master, and the name Dogen means roughly "Source of the Way"