In today's Bendowa, Master Dogen voyages to China (not a simple journey in the 13th century) searching for Truth ...
What did he gain while there?
Soon after his return he was asked this very question.
He responded ...
I have come back empty-handed.
I have realized only that the eyes are horizontal and the nose is vertical
"I have come back empty-handed" ... or, as Master Dogen wrote a few lines earlier in Bendowa, "When you let go, the dharma fills your hands"
I then went to the great kingdom
of Sung [China], visiting [good] counselors in
the east and west of Chekiang and hearing of
the tradition through the gates of the five lineages. At last I visited Zen
Master Nyojo of Dai-byaku-ho mountain, and there I was able to complete the
great task of a lifetime of practice. After that, at the beginning of the great
Sung era of Shojo, I came home determined to spread the Dharma and to save
living beings - it was as if a heavy burden had been placed on my shoulders.From:Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth - Nishijima-Cross
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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