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Today, a message for so-called "armchair Buddhists" ... hesitant to get their feet wet ...


Questions Eight and Nine ...

[Someone] asks, "The masters who spread the teachings through our country in previous ages had all entered Tang China and received the transmission of Dharma. Why, at that time, did they neglect this principle [that practice-enlightenment are one], and transmit only philosophical teaching?"

I [Dogen] say: The reason that past teachers of human beings did not transmit this method was that the time had not come.

[Someone] asks, "Did those masters of former ages understand method?"


I say: If they had understood it, they would have made it known to all.


From: Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way - Kosho Uchiyama (with Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Daniel Leighton)

(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)

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