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🌸 'Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread'

Dogen - Genjokoan


'The time-being has the quality of flowing. So-­called today flows into tomorrow, today flows into yesterday, yesterday flows into today. And today flows into today, tomorrow flows into tomorrow.'

'In essence, all things in the entire world are linked with one another as moments. Because all moments are the time-being, they are your time-being.'

'Each moment is all being, is the entire world. Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of the present moment.'

13th Century Zen Master Dogen on Being Time

Art by Kanahebi

Animation by Kanahebi

'Sitting with Eyes Open in the Flames of the World'

Photo: Dobronosov

''The lotus that blooms in the fire is indestructible.''


Buddha Twirling a Flower 🌸 Revealing a World of Bliss

© Doris Mitsch

''All things merge, mix, create, and liberate each other. Nothing is separate and alone. This is how things are. This is compassion – not merely an extra something one of us feels for another, but existence itself. Being is by its nature sharing and loving. And we realize this not as a teaching a concept or a method we can work at and finally grasp, but through our mutual recognition, our mutual shared awakening.''

© Doris Mitsch

''Buddha's Dharma talk on Vulture Peak includes no words. He holds up a flower and twirls it. This is his talk, – his demonstration of Suchness.

A commentary to the koan says that Mahakashyapa and the Buddha smiled one smile: between them there was one smile. They had perfect accord, perfect harmony, perfect relationship, perfect trust. Essentially, there were not two of them.''

© Doris Mitsch

''You have to hold up a flower. There really isn't a teacher and a student- and at the same time we have to have these relationships and all that goes with them. This is how we activate the One Great Causal Condition of compassion and love. And we must activate it; this is our human obligation, our role, our task, and our joy.''


By Norman Fischer, Artwork by Doris Mitsch

Dogen: ''A drop of water can reflect the whole sky''

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.

The moon does not get wet nor is the water broken.

Although its light is wide and great,

The moon is reflected in a puddle even an inch wide.

The whole moon and the entire sky

Are reflected on one dewdrop in the grass.


🌸 ''The entire world is mind ground; the entire world is blossom heart ...

Because the entire world is blossom heart, the entire world is plum blossoms.''

Dogen (1253)

Excerpted from Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi 1985 🌸

Photo: А new mural appeared in the capital Obolon, Kyiv

Author: Sasha Korban


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