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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Offering

If you understand this kind of spirit of making offering, as Dogen Zenji says, offering should be like to offer the flower which blooms in remote mountain to the Buddha. In spring, in Japan we have cherry blossom, and to offer that cherry blossom to the Buddha is kuyo, is offered to make offering. This evening, you know, you saw big ring [laughs] around the moon. To make offering to Buddha with a big ring is kuyo. To hear the sound of the river should be kuyo according to Dogen Zenji. So to have deeper understanding instead of shallow, substantial understanding is to make a perfect offering.  --------------------------------------------------  Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-01-12 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC