Quote Archives: Dogen Zenji

Everyday actions and dharma ~ Dogen Zenji

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to dharma see no dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of dharma. Dogen Zenji

Like a dew-drop on the morning grass ~ Dogen Zenji

Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment. Dogen Zenji

Just practice good ~ Dogen Zenji

Just practice good, do good for others, without thinking of making yourself known so that you may gain reward. Really bring benefit to others, gaining nothing for yourself. This is the primary requisite for breaking free of attachments to the Self. Dogen Zenji

Just avoid clinging to thought ~ Dogen Zenji

Above all, don’t wish to become a future Buddha; Your only concern should be, As thought follows thought, To avoid clinging to any of them. Dogen Zenji

Because it is impermanent ~ Dogen Zenji

Therefore, the very impermanency of grass and tree, thicket and forest is the Buddha nature. The very impermanency of men and things, body and mind, is the Buddha nature. Nature and lands, mountains and rivers, are impermanent because they are the Buddha nature. Supreme and complete enlightenment, because it is impermanent, is the Buddha nature. […]

Primordial awareness ~ Dogen Zenji

Primordial awareness is in essence perfect and pervades everywhere. How could it be dependent upon what anyone does to practice or realize it? The movement of reality does not need us to give it a push. Do I need to say that it is free from delusion? The vast expanse of reality can never be […]