Beyond Personal Identity #3

Continuing my series on gate, gate, paragate mantra.  If you are new to this series, look at the two previous blogs for the overall translation into English of this mantra. Beyond personal identity means that we stop living our life and our motivations through the screen of our personal desire system.  This is corresponding to … Continue reading Beyond Personal Identity #3

The Deep Habit of Forgetfulness

From Thich Nhat Hanh, “Touching the Earth, Intimate Conversations with Buddha,” page 27: “Lord Buddha, I recognize my deep habit energy of forgetfulness. I often allow my mind to think about the past, so that I drown in sorrow and regret. This has caused me to lose so many opportunities to be in touch with … Continue reading The Deep Habit of Forgetfulness

Engaged Buddhism

I live my life in widening circles That reach out across the world. I may not ever complete the last one, But I give myself to it. —Rilke   We have been studied Engaged Buddhism at Clouds in Water Zen Center this winter and spring. Of course it’s redundant to say Engaged Buddhism because the … Continue reading Engaged Buddhism

Dropping off body and mind

“To be verified by all things is to let the body and mind of the self and the body and mind of others drop off.” — Genjokoan, Dogen “Dropping off body and mind” is a key phrase in Dogen Zenji’s teaching. This is an expression that was originally used by Dogen’s teacher, Tiantong Rujing in … Continue reading Dropping off body and mind