From ‘Bendōwa’ (辨道話 – Discourse on the Practice of the Way), in the Shōbōgenzō, by Eihei Dogen

“From the start of your training under a wise master, have no recourse to incense offerings, prostrations, recitation of buddha names, repentances, or sutra reading. Just sit in meditation and attain the dropping off of mind and body.”

From ‘Bendōwa’ (辨道話 – Discourse on the Practice of the Way), in the Shōbōgenzō, by Eihei Dogen

From “Being Peace”, Thich Nhat Hanh

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The root word “budh” means to wake up, to know, to understand. A person who wakes up and understands is called a Buddha. It is as simple as that. The capacity to wake up, to understand, and to love is called Buddha nature. When Buddhists say, “I take refuge in the Buddha,” they are expressing trust in their own capacity of understanding, of becoming awake. The Chinese and the Vietnamese say, “I go back and rely on the Buddha in me.” Adding “in me” makes it very clear that you yourself are the Buddha.

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If you practice awareness, you suddenly become very rich, very happy. Practicing Buddhism is a clever way to enjoy life. Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it. All of us have the capacity of transforming neutral feelings into pleasant feelings, very pleasant feelings that can last a long time. This is what we practice during sitting and walking meditation. If you are happy, all of us will profit from it. Society will profit from it. All living beings will profit from it.

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the Buddha said, “Sometime, somewhere you take something to be the truth. If you cling to it so much, when the truth comes in person and knocks at your door, you will not open it.” Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. You have to be able to transcend your knowledge the way people climb a ladder. If you are on the fifth step of a ladder and think that you are very high, there is no hope for you to climb to the sixth. The technique is to release. The Buddhist way of understanding is always letting go of our views and knowledge in order to transcend. This is the most important teaching. That is why I use the image of water to talk about understanding. Knowledge is solid; it blocks the way of understanding. Water can flow, it can penetrate any thing..

From “Being Peace”, Thich Nhat Hanh

From ‘Resuming Big Mind’, in “Not Always So”, by Shunryu Suzuki

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“So we don’t practice zazen to attain some big enlightenment that will change our whole being or solve all our problems. That is not the right understanding. That may be what people call “Zen”, but true Zen is not like that. […] Forgetting all about any idea of gaining anything, we just sit there.”

From ‘Resuming Big Mind’, in “Not Always So”, by Shunryu Suzuki

‘Finding out for Yourself’ (from ‘Not Always So’, by Shunryu Suzuki)

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” […] the way to study true Zen is not verbal. Just open yourself and give up everything. Whatever happens, whether you think it is good or bad, study closely and see what you find out. This is the fundamental attitude. Sometimes you will do things without much reason, like a child who draws pictures whether they are good or bad.”

‘Finding out for Yourself’ (from ‘Not Always So’, by Shunryu Suzuki)