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When one side is illumined the other side is dark
To study the buddha way...
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When you first seek dharma,,,
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You can see that the boat moves...
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Firewood becomes ash
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Genjo Koan is always in front of you

 

Genjo Koan:

 
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When buddhas are truly buddhas...

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To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening.

Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas; those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings. Further, there are those who continue realizing beyond realization, who are in delusion throughout delusion.

When buddhas are truly buddhas they do not necessarily notice that they are buddhas. However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddhas.

Before reading the commentary, reflect on what Dogen is saying about delusion and awakening.

Reflect on the difference between carrying yourself forward and things coming forth.


To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion.

If you’re self-centered and everything is great, that’s just you. That’s not what’s going on.

Is Dogen saying don't try? Don't make effort, as effort is "carrying yourself forward?"

Do you have an image of your goal in practice? And if so are you trying to force yourself toward it? Is Dogen saying this is a form of delusion?


That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening

You're part of everything that’s coming forward. It’s not you that’s coming forward – it’s everything that’s coming forward. And then you are not messing it up.

Everything comes forward and you're part of the wave. You can’t separate yourself.

..Those who have great realization...

...those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings.

What buddhas really know about is delusion; they don’t know about realization. To know about realization is to jump further than where you are.

A buddha is not deluded? Buddhas greatly realize what delusion is? Can you adjust your thinking about Buddhas and delusion and enlightenment to hear what Dogen is saying?


Further, there are those who continue realizing beyond realization,

Even when you have a realization you keep going. You don’t say “Ah, this is realization and I better tell everybody about what it is, because I've now I've got it.”

...who are in delusion throughout delusion

Even in the middle of delusion you get further deluded.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be there at your own enlightenment. You can be there, but you’re not the main object. You’re in the same room.

When buddhas are truly buddhas


What do you think of when you read of a "true" buddha?

Might a true buddha be someone who lives in the present moment?


they do not necessarily notice that they are buddhas.

Well, maybe they maybe they do, maybe they don't.

If you were a buddha, would you "notice?" If you can't be present at your own enlightenment, what do you notice? Reflect on Dogen's saying "not necessarily."


However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddhas.