Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dogen 1.See Buddha 2.Live Buddha 3.Utilize Buddha

Dogen's Three Steps of Buddha Dharma
The ultimate way by which the Eye sees Buddha refers to the Eye by which we encounter Buddha. When we see Buddha Nature in other places and when we see our own Buddha Nature as being apart from Buddhas, then, even though everything seems to be all tangled up like overgrown vines, we first explore through our training what ‘meeting Buddha’ means. Then we work on dropping off ‘meeting Buddha’ until we realize the vital, living state of ‘meeting Buddha’. Finally, we make use of our ‘having met Buddha’.
~Shobogenzo, Kembutsu, Translated by Rev. Hubert Nearman

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