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The mind of the morning of the world

The mind of zazen is the mind of the morning of the world, before the passions, before the flames rise. To awaken with the day which is dawning. Be careful not to let your mind take hold of the usual preoccupations. Maintain the calm of the…

Putting out the fire in our heads

Shakyamuni Buddha already said in his time: The world is in flames. So we must put out the fire in our heads, the flames of passions. In 2002, at a world conference, a head of state said: Our house is burning and we are looking elsewhere.  Master…

Enjoy life totally

If you want something other than what the sky sends you, you will encounter difficulties. It is the history of humanity. From the moment you don't know how to deeply appreciate the situation that falls upon you, you search for something else...…

How to return to the original mind

Master Deshimaru spoke of the true religion. He said: “The religion before religion”, the religion before words and dogmas arose. These are not religions that oppose each other, but those that connect us to the original spirit, those that…

Everything is the Mind

Master Dogen said: "The mountains and valleys are the true spirit". It is this same spirit that manifested itself billions of years ago in the form of the Big Bang. It is this same spirit that has been unfolding ever since. Each existence…

Respect all forms of life

At Eiheiji, the monastery founded by Master Dogen, flows a river that descends from the mountain. It is said that Master Dogen, when he took water from the river with his ladle, used the quantity he needed and returned to the river what was…

"Religion of Awakening"

Many people wonder what Buddhism is. Buddhism is a word invented by Westerners. It's something very abstract. We should rather speak of the Way of the Buddha - Buddha meaning the awakened one, that which is awakened. One could also say, to…

All waters return to the great ocean

"All the waters return to the great ocean" : this sentence reflects an absolute truth. Rain, streams, rivers, all waters, whatever their flavours, whatever their tastes, return to the great ocean whose taste is one, unique. All the rivers…

Returning to the source

Kusen of Taiun JP Faure, Kanshoji, July 2012 Returning to the origin, returning to the source of what we are. Recovering the awareness that we are a form of the universe, a fully living form, without relying on our personal power, without…

Yearning for the absolute

Kusen from Taiun JP Faure, Kanshoji, June 2nd, 2018 We secrete thoughts. With those thoughts, we build theories, we adopt beliefs, we cling to superstitions. We have preferences: we like this, we don't like that. Our life unfolds in this…