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

If the designation school is the dharma of the Buddhas and ancestors, it should be in the kingdom of the Buddha; if it is in the kingdom of the Buddha, the Buddha should preach it. The Buddha does not preach it. . . I beg of you, do not call [yourself] a school.

Pursue genuine training.

The sound of running water is Buddha's great speech.

Zazen is not thinking of good . . . Do not desire to become a Buddha . . . Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen

If the lord takes as wise and intelligent those praised by the worldly and takes as unworthy those reviled by the worldly, then the majority party will advance and the minority party will retreat.

Right and wrong are temporal, but time is neither right nor wrong. Right and wrong are the Dharma, but the Dharma is neither right nor wrong. In the balance of the Dharma, wrong is balanced. In the balance of the Dharma, right is balanced. And so, in learning of complete and utter Awakening, in hearing the Teachings, doing the training, and realizing the effect, this is profound, vast, and wonderful. Some hear of unsurpassed Awakening from good friends, and some hear of it from the sutras. What one hears first is, "Not doing wrong action." If one does not hear “not doing wrong action,” one is not hearing the Buddhas' true Dharma but demonic talk. Know that hearing “not doing wrong action” is hearing the Buddhas' true Dharma.

The true person is . . . like the deep blue colour of the limitless sky - everyone, everywhere in the world.

Zazen is the ultimate practice. This is indeed the True Self. The Buddhadharma is not to be sought outside of this.

If you only have wild grasses with which to make a broth, do not disdain them.

Sitting is the gateway . . . to total liberation.

The true person is not anyone in particular;But like the deep blue color of the limitless sky, It is everyone,everywhere in the world.

A late production, if its words were right, we should attend to it.

If you think you can become enlightened just by worshipping images and relics, this is a mistaken view.

Something you want badly enough can always be gained. No matter how fierce the enemy, how remote the beautiful lady, or how carefully guarded the treasure, there is always a means to the goal for the earnest seeker. The unseen help of the guardian gods of heaven and earth assure fulfillment.

Those who have wisdom, if they hear [the Dharma], are able to believe and understand at once.

As I study both the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with Dharma-nature by birth. If this is the case, why did the Buddhas of all ages — undoubtedly in possession of enlightenment — find it necessary to seek enlightenment and engage in spiritual practice?

In a mind clear as still water,even the waves, breaking,are reflecting its light.

Students of the Way must not study Buddhism for the sake of themselves. They must study Buddhism only for the sake of Buddhism. The key to this is to renounce both body and mind without holding anything back and to offer them to the great sea of Buddhism.

To hear "Refrain from all evil whatever" is to hear what the genuine Dharma of Buddha is.

Because monks come from the midst of purity, they consider as good and pure what does not arouse desire among other people.

In Buddhism, we have always spoken not only of body and mind as being inseparable, but also of the nature of something and the form it takes as not being two different things.

Students, when you want to say something, think about it three times before you say it. Speak only if your words will benefit yourselves and others. Do not speak if it brings no benefit.

To start from the self and true to understand all things is delusion. To let the self be awakened by all things is enlightenment. To be enlightened about delusion is to be the Buddha. To be deluded in the midst of enlightenment is to be an ordinary person.

Buddhas and Ancestors continuously maintain ocean mudra samadhi. While swimming in this samadhi, they expound, realize, practice.

In preparing food never view it from the perspective of usual mind.

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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"