master dogen

One of my favorite writers in the Zen tradition is the great Japanese master Dogen. Not only is he an accomplished expounder of Zen theology, but a consummate prose stylist as well. His writing has an effortless quality to it, using very simple language to explain deep truths. In the following brief quote, he sums up the essence of Buddhism:

To study the Way is to study the self.

To study the self is to forget the self.

To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.

To be enlightened by all things is to remove the barriers between one’s self and others.

Perfection!

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