Monday, December 17, 2012

Dogen - meditation

Above all, don't wish to become a future Buddha; Your only concern should be, As thought follows thought, To avoid clinging to any of them.  ~ Dogen


  1. Have you read any of Brad Warner's books? He talks alot about Dogen. I have been working on what you are speaking of here in meditation quite a bit lately. I have been trying not to "become" something and instead just simply "be". It is difficult.
    Hope that you are well!

  2. Hi Tanya, hope you guys are doing well. It's been a while. I'm not familiar with Mr. Warner yet. I chose that quote, because in meditation we create an image of "who we'll be" when we "become enlightened" and all that jazz. We also tell ourselves subtle stories, and dangle carrots in order for us to even sit. "I'll get better..." or something. I remember reading, I think in Zen Mind Beginner's Mind, Suzuki saying just sitting for the sake of sitting(paraphrasing), not for any other reason.....I think this is what he meant. No goal, the goal is already there. This helps quiet the mind.

    I've been reading a lot of Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, and Bassui. My practice when I remember, is self-inquiry. Of course, a busy life, bad diet, and so all keeps one from many things. From what I've gathered, all practices have the same still the mind, having "self realization." If you have your email available on your page, I'll email you something I found. Just don't let it distract your own practice or path. I know how that can It happens with me often. :)