Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Doing one practice

Zen master Eihei Dogen said in the Genjo Koan:

Now if a bird or a fish tries to reach the end of its element before moving in it, this bird or this fish will not find its way or its place. When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point. When you find you way at this moment, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point; for the place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither yours nor others’. The place, the way, has not carried over from the past and it is not merely arising now.

There is no need to hurry and nowhere to go. As soon as one practices fully, this place is the whole, full-blown moon. The self changes, everything changes, so movement occurs. But although movement occurs, we never leave this place. The time of practice is not even taking place now. So mindfulness is extra. The time and space that Dogen is talking about are different from the ideas we have about time and space. [Click through to sit along with today's video.]

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  1. Soen
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Gassho Taigu

  2. Luis/Jinyu
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you Taigu for showing us the way of "sewing and wearing the kesa that is all around us! "
    Precious really!


  3. Jikyo
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Taigu, for this lovely teaching. Such a great reminder about ‘allowing’ instead of ‘doing.’

    Gassho, Jikyo

  4. Don
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Taigu.

  5. Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!


  6. Shogen
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Allowing without judgement or intention. Gassho

  7. Nigel99
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Thank you Taigu. Allowing 'mushu'…

    Gassho Nigel

  8. jsosie Kirton
    Posted March 26, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Thankyou Taigu for the talk on the Genjokoan 10 'Practising '. I am new to treeleaf zendo but not to 'sitting'. Now retired i am able to try and set up a better of schedule of sitting and to hear a talk first is wonderful. Its like being on sesshin. Many distractions still but treeleaf is helping me to be there, wherever that is at any one time. I still haven't learnt how to negotiate all you provide on the web site but this is more than enough already.Thankyou so much, Gassho Eko

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