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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Riffing on the Genjo Koan

Buddhism means here, not only, Buddhist teachings, to study everything is to study ourselves. And to study ourselves is to forget ourselves. And to forget ourselves is to be enlightened by things we study. Some things we study will teach us something real and true. So Dogen said, to study ourselves is to be enlightened by everything. And this enlightenment goes forever. In this way, wiping the enlightenment and having enlightenment again. In this way this enlightenment proceeds you where you go on and on and on and you will understand everything in its true sense.  -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-06-28 as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC