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    Dogen, the Zen Master. A Search and a Fulfillment



    Dogen, the Zen Master. A Search and a Fulfillment


    CHAPTER 1


    To study the way ... to forget the self ...
    25 July 1988 pm in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium


    OUR BELOVED MASTER,

    DOGEN WROTE:
    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. THEN
    THERE IS NO TRACE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, THOUGH ENLIGHTENMENT ITSELF CONTINUES
    INTO ONE’S DAILY LIFE ENDLESSLY.
    THE FIRST TIME WE SEEK THE LAW, WE ARE FAR AWAY FROM THE BORDER OF IT.
    BUT SOON AFTER THE LAW HAS BEEN CORRECTLY TRANSMITTED TO US, WE ARE
    ENLIGHTENED PERSONS.
    Maneesha, this is the first day of a new series of talks, devoted to the full moons. The moon is
    an ancient symbol of transforming the hot rays of the sun into cool, peaceful, beautiful rays. It has
    nothing of its own. When you see the moon, you are seeing only a mirror which is reflecting the rays
    of the sun. Those reflected rays are just like the ones you can see when the sun is reflected in a
    river.
    The moon is a mirror but not only a mirror, it is also a transforming agent. It changes the heat rays
    into cool, peaceful rays. That is the reason why the moon has become the most significant symbol
    in the East.

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