Dōgen Quotes

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Dōgen Quotes

There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.
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If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

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Forgetting oneself is opening oneself

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Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.

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Do not view mountains from the scale of human thought

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In a snowfall that covers the winter grass a white heron uses his own whiteness to disappear.

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What you think in your own mind to be good, or what people of the world think is good, is not necessarily good.

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It's too late to be ready.

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Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.

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Nothing can be gained by extensive study and wide reading. Give them up immediately.

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Only those who have the great capacity of genuine trust can enter this realm [the realm of the buddhas]. Those who have no trust are unable to accept it, however much they hear it.

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Know that the true dharma emerges of itself [during the practice of zazen], clearing away hindrances and distractions.

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Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
Without looking for the traces I may have left;
A cuckoo's song beckons me to return home;
Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
Who has told me to turn back;
But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.

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Each moment of zazen is equally wholeness of practice, equally wholeness of realization. This is not only practice while sitting, it is like a hammer striking emptiness: before and after, its exquisite peal permeates everywhere. How can it be limited to this moment?

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