Daily Archives: December 13, 2017

Sangha notes for 12-11-17

A quote from Korean scholar Hee-Jin Kim concerning Dogen’s view of active Compassion:

“In Dogen’s view, things, events, relations were not just given, but were possibilities, projects and tasks that can be acted out, expressed, and understood as self-expressions and self-activities of the Buddha-nature. This did not imply a complacent acceptance of the given situation but required man’s strenuous efforts to transform and transfigure it. Dogen’s thought involved this element of transformation, which has been more often than not grossly neglected or dismissed by Dogen students.”

Sangha notes for 12-4-17

An except from “The Zen Teaching of Huang Po.”

“Q. Allowing that the enlightened man who achieves the cessation of thought is Buddha, would not an ignorant man, on ceasing to think conceptually, lose himself in oblivion?
A.There are no enlightened men and there are no ignorant men and there is no oblivion. Yet though basically everything is without objective existence, you must not come to think in terms of anything non- existent; and although things are not existent you must not form a concept of anything existing. For “existence” and “nonexistence” are both empirical concepts, no better than illusions.”

Sangha notes for 11/27/17

A excerpt from a Dharma talk given by Zen Master Dae Gak at Furnace Mountain in March, 2010:

“In the activity of friendship, which is sangha, one is fully supported by the activity of each other. This means not to take refuge in each other but to take refuge in the dharma itself. What the dharma is, or how to take refuge in the dharma is that the dharma is none other than your very life itself, the very activity of your life itself. Getting up in the morning, one of the things you have to do when you get up in the morning, if you sleep in a bed, is that you have to turn and put your feet on the ground. This is called morning kensho, feet on the ground kensho. If you had only one foot and a stub, then you would appreciate having two feet. But we take it for granted, to be able to get up, turn and put your feet on the ground. The activity of the dharma, which is the appreciation, is just that. The activity itself is the activity of the dharma. There is no place that you could find yourself, no circumstance in which you could find yourself, no activity that you re doing that isn’t the activity of the dharma.”