Dharma Encounter

The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Dharma Encounter

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/28/2021

Dharma Encounter

Master Dogen, in his fascicle “The Ten Directions,” comments on the Buddha’s words on form and emptiness: “In the ten directions means I just know the essence. So does Shakyamuni Buddha. It is I form, know form, this form, all form, ten directions form, Saha Land form, Shakyamuni Buddha form.” Shugen Roshi asks the sangha during this Dharma Encounter: How do you reconcile, on one hand, the essential, absolute nature of reality and, on the other hand, our everyday dualistic world?

(Note: 3 minutes are missing at the 45 minute mark.)

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