The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.— Dogen
The most seductive Dogen quotes that will activate your inner potential
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.
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
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.
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.
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.
If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.
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.
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.
If he cannot stop the mind that seeks after fame and profit, he will spend his life without finding peace.
To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.
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.
In the mundane, nothing is sacred. In sacredness, nothing is mundane.
IF YOU WOULD BE FREE OF GREED, FIRST YOU HAVE TO LEAVE EGOTISM BEHIND.
THE BEST MENTAL EXERCISE FOR RELINQUISHING EGOTISM IS CONTEMPLATING IMPERMANENCE.
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.
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.
Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech.
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.
There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment;
There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.
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.
I haven't got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen.
A zen master's life is one continuous mistake.
One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
Though it has no thought of keeping watch, it's not for naught that the scarecrow stands in the grain field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Those who practice know whether realization is attained or not, just as those who drink water know whether it is hot or cold
Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.
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.
When you walk in the mist, you get wet.
In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light.
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.
To what shall I liken the world? Moonlight, reflected In dewdrops, Shaken from a crane's bill.
Do not be amazed by the true dragon.
If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
Sitting is the gateway of truth to total liberation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots - just paint Spring.
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.
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.