Just Sitting – With Zen Master Dogen


This photograph was taken last October/November at the Westmoreland Service Station on the M6 Motorway, southbound. It has absolutley nothing to do with the text that follows! I just like the picture.

I was up late last night preparing the postings for the coming two weeks. Reviewing them this morning I realized that some of the photographs connect with the text. In some cases that is intentional and others it was pure accident. Where the connection seems a bit strange please know, there isn’t one! There is always a danger when words and photographs are used together and my hope is the pictures and text together convey, contemplation, joy, gratitude, humility and all those qualities that come of themselves when one just sits. In fact, just use your visit as an opportunity to just sit. That’s what I’ll be doing for the next little while.

I’ll study Dogen’s works while on retreat. This is something I’ve not done in great depth because I’ve tended to feel, likes so many, that he is too difficult to understand. As you will see as the poem by Zen Master Ryokan develops, Dogen was neglected for centuries and only relatively recently been recognized widely. That’s as a great innovative thinker and a radical in his approach to Mahayana Buddhism. I’m with him already!

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4 thoughts on “Just Sitting – With Zen Master Dogen”

  1. Ha! Just to avoid the same confusion arising for anyone else Norman – the posts that Rev. Mugo has prepared will be found HERE on ‘Moving Mountains’. I’ll be adding a new one on her behalf every day after breakfast, Japan time.

    Of course, I hope that you will also find time to keep up to date with me at ‘Little House in the Paddy’ too …

  2. Thanks Iain for making it clear what’s happening re postings here while I am away. And thanks to rb too. I’ll see what I come up with on Dogen…

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