Roots Deeply Planted

June 18, 2014

Three Refuges

Zazen and Kinhin – Sitting and Walking Meditation
Heart Sutra and Bodhisattva Vows
Prostrations

When Dogen Zenji went to China, he was asked by a Chinese monk, “What are you doing?” Dogen Zenji replied, “I am reading the scriptures.” The monk said, “For what reason?” “Because I want to learn about the ancestors’ lives, sayings, and activities.” The monk said, “For what?” “I just want to help human beings when I go back to Japan.” The monk said, “For what?” “Because it is helpful to human beings; because everyone suffers so much.” The monk said, again, “For what?” Then Dogen Zenji said, “This is my way of life. I want to offer my life to all sentient beings. I want to help.” And again the monk said, “For what?” Finally, Dogen Zenji couldn’t say anything. This is very important because this monk cross-examined Dogen Zenji through returning to the source, what we are calling “first motivation,” “Buddha Nature,” “Truth,” or “What is it that thus comes?”

Katagiri Roshi
True Heart: Raising the Banner of Truth

Zazen and Kinhin – Sitting and Walking Meditation
Gatha of Atonement
Prostrations

150 minutes combined | 2.5 hours total

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