110+ Dogen Quotes On Money, Nature And Spiritual

Top 10 Dogen Quotes (BEST)

  1. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
  2. Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
  3. If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
  4. Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life.
  5. A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
  6. But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.
  7. If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.
  8. Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, Nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, The ultimate truth of the oneness of all things.
  9. If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace.
  10. To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.

Dogen Short Quotes

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  • In the mundane, nothing is sacred. In sacredness, nothing is mundane.
  • I haven't got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen.
  • When the old plum tree blooms, the entire world blooms.
  • In a snowfall that covers the winter grass a white heron uses his own whiteness to disappear.
  • Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
  • To what shall I liken the world? Moonlight, reflected In dewdrops, Shaken from a crane's bill.
  • When you walk in the mist, you get wet.
  • Do not be amazed by the true dragon.
  • Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.
  • When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots - just paint Spring.
 quote Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yours
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.

Dogen Quotes On Spiritual

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Through one word, or seven words, or three times five, even if you investigate thoroughly myriad forms, nothing can be depended upon. Night advances, the moon glows and falls into the ocean. The black dragon jewel you have been searching for, is everywhere. — Dogen

Mountains and rivers at this very moment are the actualization of the world of the ancient Buddhas. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness. — Dogen

Yet, though it is like this, simply, flowers fall amid our longing and weeds spring up amid our antipathy. — Dogen

To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things. — Dogen

If you want to do a certain thing, you first have to be a certain person. Once you become that certain person, you will not care anymore about doing that certain thing. — Dogen

To start from the self and try to understand all things is delusion. To let the self be awakened by all things is enlightenment. — Dogen

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. — Dogen

Dogen Quotes On Zen

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A zen master's life is one continuous mistake. — Dogen

One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world. — Dogen

If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it? — Dogen

When other sects speak well of Zen, the first thing that they praise is its poverty. — Dogen

Dogen Quotes On Mind

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No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease. — Dogen

You should stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear. If you want to attain just this, immediately practice just this. — Dogen

Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe. — Dogen

In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light. — Dogen

Learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest. — Dogen

Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup. — Dogen

Clearly I know, the mind is mountains, rivers, and the great earth; sun, moon, and stars. — Dogen

If we look at the world with a deluded body and mind, we will think that our self is permanent. But if we practice correctly and return to our true self, we will realize that nothing is permanent — Dogen

Students of the Way must not study Buddhism for the sake of themselves. They must study Buddhism only for the sake of Buddhism. The key to this is to renounce both body and mind without holding anything back and to offer them to the great sea of Buddhism. — Dogen

Look for Buddha outside your own mind, and Buddha becomes the devil. — Dogen

Dogen Famous Quotes And Sayings

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There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else. — Dogen

Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude. This means that you practice continuously, without wasting a single day of your life, without using it for your own sake. Why is it so? Your life is a fortunate outcome of the continuous practice of the past. You should express your gratitude immediately. — Dogen

Just practice good, do good for others, without thinking of making yourself known so that you may gain reward. Really bring benefit to others, gaining nothing for yourself. This is the primary requisite for breaking free of attachments to the Self. — Dogen


Something you want badly enough can always be gained. No matter how fierce the enemy, how remote the beautiful lady, or how carefully guarded the treasure, there is always a means to the goal for the earnest seeker. The unseen help of the guardian gods of heaven and earth assure fulfillment. — Dogen

Although its light is wide and great, the Moon is reflected in a puddle one inch wide. The whole Moon and the entire sky is reflected in one dew drop on the grass. — Dogen

Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech. — Dogen

There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice. — Dogen

Yet you must not cling to the words of the old sages either; they, too, may not be right. Even if you believe them, you should be alert so that, in the event that something superior comes along, you may follow that. — Dogen

Though it has no thought of keeping watch, it's not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the grain field. — Dogen

Do no harmful actions, do not become attached to the cycle of death and rebirth, show kindness, respect the old and have compassion for the young, do not have a heart that rejects or a heart that covets and have no worry or sadness in your heart. This is what is called enlightenment. Do not seek it elsewhere. — Dogen

Students today should live fully every moment of time. This dew-like life fades away; time speeds swiftly. In this short life of ours, avoid involvement in superfluous things and just study the Way. — Dogen

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma. — Dogen

Those who practice know whether realization is attained or not, just as those who drink water know whether it is hot or cold — Dogen

The true person is Not anyone in particular; But like the deep blue color Of the limitless sky, It is everyone, Everywhere in the world. — Dogen

Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment. — Dogen

When mountains and waters are painted, blue, green, and red paints are used, strange rocks and wondrous stones are used, the four jewels and the seven treasures are used. Rice-cakes are painted in the same manner. When a person is painted, the four great elements and five skandhas are used. — Dogen

In doing zazen it is desirable to have a quiet room. You should be temperate in eating and drinking, forsaking all delusive relationships. Setting everything aside, think of neither good nor evil, right nor wrong. Thus having stopped the various functions of your mind, five up even the idea of becoming a Buddha. — Dogen

The one and only thing required is to free oneself from the bondage of mind and body alike, putting the Buddha's own seal upon yourself. If you do this as you sit in ecstatic meditation, the whole universe itself scattered through the infinity of space turns into enlightenment. This is what I mean by the Buddha's seal. — Dogen

Refraining from all evil, not clinging to birth and death, working in deep compassion for all sentient beings, respecting those over you and pitying those below you, without any detesting or desiring, worrying or lamentation - this is what is called Buddha. Do not search beyond it. — Dogen

The coming and going of birth and death is a painting. Unsurpassed enlightenment is a painting. The entire phenomenal universe and the empty sky are nothing but a painting. — Dogen

Do not view mountains from the scale of human thought. — Dogen

Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof. — Dogen

There are thousands upon thousands of students who have practiced meditation and obtained its fruits. Do not doubt its possibilities because of the simplicity of the method. If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? — Dogen

Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment. — Dogen

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water. — Dogen

All that's visible springs from causes intimate to you. While walking, sitting, lying down, the body itself is complete truth. If someone asks the inner meaning of this: Inside the treasury of dharma eye a single grain of dust. — Dogen

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech. — Dogen

Realization doesn't destroy the individual any more than the reflection of the moon breaks a drop of water. A drop of water can reflect the whole sky. — Dogen

As I study both the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with Dharma-nature by birth. If this is the case, why did the Buddhas of all ages - undoubtedly in possession of enlightenment - find it necessary to seek enlightenment and engage in spiritual practice? — Dogen

When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots - it is not yet painting Spring. — Dogen

Does a dragon still sing from within a withered tree? — Dogen

Inside the treasury of the dharma eye a single grain of dust. — Dogen

Because monks come from the midst of purity, they consider as good and pure what does not arouse desire among other people. — Dogen

When a buddha is painted, not only a clay altar or lump of earth is used, but the thirty-two marks, a blade of grass, and the cultivation of wisdom for incalculable eons are used. As a Buddha has been painted on a single scroll in this way, all buddhas are painted buddhas, and all painted buddhas are actual buddhas. — Dogen

You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child. — Dogen

Every man possesses the Buddha-nature. Do not demean yourselves. — Dogen

What is reality? An icicle forming in fire. — Dogen

In autumn even though I may see it again, how can I sleep with the moon this evening? — Dogen

When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point. — Dogen

Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way. — Dogen

Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we grasp onto the physical forms we see. Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we cling to the sounds we hear. As a consequence, we make ourselves inseparable from all things, yet we are not like some shadowy figure 'lodging' in a mirror or like the moon in water. Whenever we witness what is on the one side, its opposite side will be in darkness. — Dogen

What you think in your own mind to be good, or what people of the world think is good, is not necessarily good. — Dogen

If you want to see things just as they are, then you yourself must practice just as you are. — Dogen

Be moderate in eating and drinking. Mindful of the passing of time, engage yourself in zazen as though saving your head from fire. — Dogen

I asked, "What are words?" The tenzo said, "One, two, three, four, five." I asked again, "What is practice?" "Nothing in the entire universe is hidden." — Dogen

When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it. — Dogen

Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it. — Dogen

When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. But when you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that there is nothing that has unchanging self. — Dogen

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves. — Dogen

Coming, going, the waterbirds, don't leave a trace, don't follow a path. — Dogen

Let your heart go out and abide in things. Let things return and abide in your heart. — Dogen

Since it is the practice of enlightenment, that practice has no beginning and since it is enlightenment within the practice, that realization has no end. — Dogen

Why abandon a seat in your own home to wander in vain through dusty regions of another land? If you make one false step, you miss what is right before your eyes. — Dogen

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. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no trace continues endlessly. — Dogen

There are those who, attracted by grass, flowers, mountains, and waters, flow into the Buddha Way. — Dogen

What is the way of the Buddha? It is to study the self. What is the study of the self? It is to forget oneself. To forget oneself is to enlightened by everything in the world. — Dogen

To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves. — Dogen

In the assemblies of the enlightened ones there have been many cases of mastering the Way bringing forth the heart of plants and trees; this is what awakening the mind for enlightenment is like. The fifth patriarch of Zen was once a pine-planting wayfarer; Rinzai worked on planting cedars and pines on Mount Obaku. . . . Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment. — Dogen

That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening — Dogen

The recognition of the coming and going of things is a first step in training and practice. — Dogen

Because mountains are high and broad, the way of riding the clouds is always reached in the mountains; the inconceivable power of soaring in the wind comes freely from the mountains — Dogen

Do not doubt that mountains walk simply because they may not appear to walk like humans. — Dogen

Do not practice buddha-dharma with the thought that it is to benefit others. — Dogen

Life and death are nothing but the mind. Years, months, days, and hours are nothing but the mind. Dreams, illusions, and mirages are nothing but the mind. The bubbles of water and the flames of fire are nothing but the mind. The flowers of the spring and the moon of the autumn are nothing but the mind. Confusions and dangers are nothing but the mind. — Dogen

Just study Buddhism. Don't follow the sentiments of the world. — Dogen

Zazen is an activity that is an extension of the universe. Zazen is not the life of an individual, it's the universe that's breathing. — Dogen

Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools. — Dogen

Students, when you want to say something, think about it three times before you say it. Speak only if your words will benefit yourselves and others. Do not speak if it brings no benefit. — Dogen

In the stream, Rushing past To the dusty world, My fleeting form Casts no reflection. — Dogen

Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection. Do not desire to become a buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away. Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire. — Dogen

Life Lessons by Dogen

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  1. Dogen taught the importance of living in the present moment and being mindful of our actions. He believed that one should strive to be fully engaged in whatever task they are doing, rather than letting their mind wander.
  2. He also emphasized the importance of self-reflection and self-improvement, emphasizing that one should strive to be the best version of themselves.
  3. Finally, Dogen taught the importance of compassion and empathy, believing that one should treat others with kindness and understanding.

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