Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Forgetting self

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Rev. Taigu reflects a bit more on these words from Eihei Dogen'sGenjokoan...

To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. (Kazuaki Tanahashi's translation)

(Click through for more, and to watch today's talk and "sit-a-long.")

Taigu writes:

To forget the self... is to stop to cling to the various identities we display in our relationship with others and the world. To see through the illusion and the emptiness of these masks, we may still use them but without loosing track of their real nature. This fiction made of multiple fictions is called the self. To forget the self is also to stop the constant attempt of maintaining a separate identity that we could oppose to others, or to things. To forget the self is to drop the barrier, the veil that parts self and world. To forget the self is not a product of intention or will, it is an undoing, a path that takes us to simplicity. To forget the self is also to remember this Buddha nature we are made of, and the way we remember IT is to sit as IT.
In Genjokoan, Dogen writes too: "To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening."
To forget the self is to to learn to see the whole world, sentient and insentient beings as a wonderful manifestation of the true self, Buddha nature. As we drop the body and mind, the myriad things come forth and shine. Dogen talks often about this brightness, which is the natural and spontaneous function of the world.

Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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