Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation by Carl Bielefeldt

By Carl Bielefeldt

Zen Buddhism might be top recognized for its emphasis on meditation, and doubtless no determine within the heritage of Zen is extra heavily linked to meditation perform than the thirteenth-century eastern grasp Dogen, founding father of the Soto tuition. This research examines the historic and spiritual personality of the perform because it is defined in Dogen's personal meditation texts, introducing new fabrics and unique views on essentially the most influential religious traditions of East Asian civilization.

The Soto model of Zen meditation is called "just sitting," a convention during which, in the course of the cultivation of the delicate kingdom of "nonthinking," the meditator is expounded to be introduced into ideal accord with the better awareness of the "Buddha mind" inherent in all beings. This learn examines the historic and non secular personality of the perform because it is defined in Dogen's personal meditation texts, introducing new fabrics and unique views on the most influential religious traditions of East Asian civilization.

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THE TEXT At the time of death, carefully research to find out what exactly happens when it departs? ed at a certain determination Of an inexpressible, cleared-out, empty state25 free of Birth and death, coming and going, and the identification of thingsz6. The dry examples and verbal explanations of others Tell you "It is emptiness", but this does not help. For example, in a place where there are said to be tigers, Others can tell you that there are no tigers but That will not be enough to make you believe it, Leaving you consumed with doubt-it's like that.

Not demonstrable ~ ''This", it shines forth31 without stoppage 32 as everything whatever; Not existing as anything whatever, it is beyond the extremes of existence and non-existence. ·It is without going and coming, without birth and death, and without clearing and obscuration. Mind's nature is like a stainless crystal ballIt sits clearly present33 as entity empty, nature luminous, And compassionate activity stoppageless. It is not tainted at all by the faults of samsara; Mindness is ascertained to be the primordiill buddha.

6 FLIGHT OF THE GARUDA This agent who experiences the diversity of happiness and suffering, your mindWhere initially does it come from, what is its source? " in which case you should analyse just how that would occur. When analysing like that yields no source for it, Next ask where in the interim of the present moment does it dwell? Is it dwelling in the upper or lower part of your body, In your sense faculties, internal organs, heart, and so on? If it is dwelling in the heart, then, top to bottom, where exactly is it dwelling?

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