Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Self Study

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Taigu continues our reflections on the teachings of Eihei Dogen with a bit ofGenjokoan...

To learn the Buddha's truth is to learn ourselves. To learn ourselves is to forget ourselves. To forget ourselves is to be experienced by the myriad dharmas. To be experienced by the myriad dharmas is to let our own body and mind, and the body and mind of the external world, fall away. There is a state in which the traces of realization are forgotten; and it manifests the traces of forgotten realization for a long, long time. (From Dogen's Genjokoan, Cross and Nishijima' s translation)

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)

Taigu writes:

To study the self is a key sentence in our tradition. Sitting, standing, lying down... the self can have here two meanings, the ego, the illusion of identity as well as the true self, the selfless  and ultimate reality. Shikantaza is the deed  of Buddhas, the flower they toy with, the wheel they turn. Shikantaza is the action of studying the self and forgetting it.

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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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