Sunday, February 7, 2010
ZEN Priest Dōgen
Dōgen (1200 - 1253) is one of the greatest Zen priests in Japan. The birth of the origin has much lack of foresight.
He went over to China in 1223 and trained himself there for five years.
He founded daibutsu-ji Temple in 1244. This temple changed it of a name to Eihei-ji Temple later.
This Zen priest goes about asking for alms "Takuhatsu".
He chants sutra with having stood all day without almost moving.
The entering Nirvana is not completed by reaching the constant level.
It is essence to continue further infinite ascetic practices even if it entered Nirvana.
We imitate Buddha, and it is the best ascetic practices to merely devote to posture of contemplation "Zazen".
It is thought called "Shikantaza (只管打坐)".
I introduce the haiku expressed the heart of Dōgen.
This haiku is post of blog "Daily haiku" by joo.
joo... Thank you for wonderful English translation.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 posted
Coming, going the waterbirds
don't leave the trace
don't follow a path