Master Dogen, Business Consultant ?!?

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( Dogen's Instructions for the Cook - XXIV)

We could almost write a modern corporate management advice book with this stuff ...

Maybe we can say that, even if the head of the whole organization, the president of the company ... watch the small details and make sure that the necessary materials and equipment are in stock ... make sure that your staff is properly fed and supplied ... don't just think about the bottom line, and merely concern yourself with how best to do the work and get the job done. If you keep thinking that the sky's the limit, you will think outside the box.

Maybe we could even do one of those late night infomercials to sell seminars?


 There are many old stories we can hear and present examples of monks training as tenzo. A great many teachings concern this because it is the heart of the Way.

  Even if you become the Abbot of a monastery, you should have this same understanding. [The Rules of Purity for Chan Monasteries] states, "Prepare each meal with each detail kept clear so that there will be enough. Make sure that the four offerings of food, clothing, bedding, and medicine are adequate just as the Generous One offered to his disciples the merit of twenty years of his lifetime [it being said that he died 20 years early in order to bequeath the remaining 20 years of merit to his followers in future generations]. We ourselves live today within the light of that gift because the energy of even a white hair between his brows is inexhaustible." It also says, "Just think about how to best serve the assembly without being hindered by thoughts of poverty. If your mind is limitless, you enjoy limitlessness." This is how the abbot serves the assembly.

From: Tenzo Kyokun - Instructions for the Cook by Eihei Dogen - Translated by

Yasuda Joshu Dainen roshi and Anzan Hoshin roshi

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

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