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  by Gudo NISHIJIMA

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Master Gudo-Following The Breath?

If it is said that the Buddha attained enlightenment while following his breath, why are we discouraged in Soto Zen from doing so? This has always puzzled me and I'd like a little more insight.

Thank You,

Albert

2 Comments:

Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear Mr Albert Coleman San,

My answers are as follows.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

(Albert Coleman San) If it is said that the Buddha attained enlightenment while following his breath, why are we discouraged in Soto Zen from doing so? This has always puzzled me and I'd lke a little more insight.

(Gudo) Even though some people insist such a story, but the contents of such a old stories are not always true. Therefore I studied Gautama Buddha's teachings by only relying on Master Dogen's thoughts, and Master Dogen has got the true meaning of Gautama Buddha's thoughts by practicing Zazen, and so I follow Master Dogen's thoughts to practice Zazen solely.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

10:14 PM, November 22, 2007  
Blogger Al Coleman said...

Thank You for your reply Nishijima Sensei.

6:09 AM, November 23, 2007  

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