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Cooperation with all existences

A baby in its mother's womb receives its life without making the slightest effort. It receives its mother's life. Its mother receives the life of the universe. We receive our life from the entire universe at all times. This baby out of the…
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Liberation

Zen is the most direct, simplest form of practicing Buddhism. Zen is nothing other than zazen, meditation without object. To do zazen is to experience regained freedom and in doing so, to taste pure existence. During zazen, we are free because…
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Faith: Strength and Wisdom

An authentic and just life requires faith. In Buddhism, faith is not faith in something. It is not faith in beliefs or superstitions. It is not believing that an outside power can save us or solve the problem of life and death for us. We ought…

Free of Self

In the morning, when we don the kesa, we bring to mind what our practice is by singing : O great garment of liberation Field of happiness beyond all forms. The kesa represents the Buddha's teaching, that is, the teaching of the universe.…
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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…