Dogen’s Awarenesses – Having Few Desires, Being Content, Quietude, Diligence, Unfailing Recollection are not commandments or rules to be memorized and slavishly followed. They are qualities to be lived not just something to think about or observe in other people. These awarenesses are like seeds in our minds, when we water them with practice they can break through our ignorance, like seedlings breaking through the dirt to become plants.
Category: Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya
Today we reached the 60th day of this 90 day retreat and thought we’d share one of the 60 teachings offered during this 90 day retreat thus far.
The focus of the retreat is Work as Devotion which is a focus on karma or action.
Dogen’s Fifth Awareness: Unfailing Recollection Unfailing: without error or fault; reliable or constant Recollection: action of remembering something Ah…but what […]
As Freud said, “Love and work..work and love.. what else is there really?” He also was overwrought about death. “Why […]
Happy Birthday & A Feast Day This past week we celebrated the day considered to be the birth day […]
Quietude – a state of stillness; calmness, and quiet in a person or place
Really, quietude is not about noise or sound or silence. It’s not a drugged state either.
Some stories come to mind…
Often in spiritual life we find seekers rather than seers. It comes out of our misunderstanding of Reality. Below there are two stories that show us when we seek, we get worn out and feel as though we are a ‘failure.’ When this happens we have fallen into the common mental formation of “measuring and comprehending.” I know this may be a surprise. Most of us have been trained to seek liberation rather than see it. It’s time to see it.
Heave-to is a sailing maneuver used to slow a boat down in heavy seas. It is done by adjusting the sails and dropping the ship’s anchor in a storm. This maneuver keeps the boat from traveling with the high winds.
Spiritual life is a battlefield. Over time, the battle worsens for the serious spiritual adept – threats along the path […]
Feeling antsy? Here’s the first of eight of Dogen’s last teaching; the Eight Awarenesses.
These teachings are for your sake. Trees and weeds, tables and doors expound and exalt the Dharma for your […]
Awakening before dawn, I cover my eyes and think of serving; giving little services throughout the day. I think of […]