Bendōwa

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 02/23/2020

From Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo

Shugen Roshi offered this discourse at the conclusion of the Bodhidharma Sesshin, exploring Dogen’s Bendowa, “The Wholehearted Practice of the Way.” How does our cognizant, thinking mind hold the inconceivable? Dogen examines the “wondrous art, supreme and unconditioned” of practice characterized by receptive samadhi. In this quiet sitting, when the mind is allowed to calm and remain free of the constant creation of ideas and words, the clutter of accumulations can fall away. “To study the world in a moment of sitting,” as Dogen says, we see more and more clearly that our states of mind directly affect and create our world.

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