Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Zen Mountain Monastery, 3/14/2019
This Fusatsu talk invites us to reflect deeply on Dōgen’s teaching from the Spring Ango study fascicle, “Refrain from unwholesome action. Do wholesome action. Purify your own mind. This is the teaching of all buddhas.” Shugen Roshi looks into how all action natures (positive negative, and neutral) are unborn, undefiled, and are reality– but manifest in various ways. Study of our thoughts, words, and actions offers insight to understanding intentions, desires, and karma. With an undefended heart, refraining from unwholesome action, how is “the power of practice immediately actualized” on the immeasurable scale Dōgen describes?