Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Here the way unfolds

Master Dogen wrote:

Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way, meeting one thing is mastering it — doing one practice is practicing completely. Here is the place; here the way unfolds. The boundary of realization is not distinct, for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma.

We always want to keep track of things and witness what happens. The urge to know, to be aware of, to grasp intellectually is precisely what Dogen sees as being an illusion. We don’t own realization and it cannot be measured or known. No traces are seen, and understanding doesn’t take place before of after practice. [Click through to sit along with today's video.]

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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  1. Mark
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Powerful; you point to my primary difficulty. Many thanks. Now I will sit.

  2. Don
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Yes. Thank you, Taigu.

  3. Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you again.

  4. Posted September 9, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink


    Deep bows.


  5. Luis/Jinyu
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Merci Taigu!


  6. Soen
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Beyond knowledge! Just to sit with and get up with the Kesa … for our entire life. That's it!
    Thanks Taigu.

  7. solidity
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink


  8. Brian
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Merci Taigu,

  9. Shogen
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 6:45 am | Permalink


    Gassho Shogen

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