Dogen Sangha Blog

  by Gudo NISHIJIMA

Japanese / German

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stopping blog for a while.

Dear all members,

Because I am going to a hospital, I would like to stop Dogen Sangha Blog for a while.

I beg your pardon.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE:

For the duration of Nishijima Sensei's hospital stay, the administrators of this blog have removed the ability of authors other than Nishijima Sensei himself to post new articles. You will still be able to add comments freely to the comments section. We appreciate your understanding.

17 Comments:

Blogger Rich said...

Pardon granted. I wish you well and will direct my healing energy your way. I finished Shobogenzo Book 1 and will read it again. It was too much to digest all at once.

10:37 AM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Chris C said...

Dear Master Nishijima,

Thank you very much for everything, I hope you get well soon.

1:42 PM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Regina said...

Dear Nishijima Roshi,

wishing you all the best and a soon recovery.

Regina

3:28 PM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Nicolas Gounaropoulos said...

Dear Master Nishijima,

I hope to read you soon on your blog.
All our best wishes for recovering

6:40 PM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger HezB said...

Dear Roshi,

Thank you very much, and Best Wishes.

Regards,

Harry.

7:44 PM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Al Coleman said...

Get well soon Roshi.

8:55 PM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Smoggyrob said...

Nishijima Roshi:

Thank you for offering this teaching, and be well.

Rob

8:59 PM, March 19, 2008  
Blogger Jordan said...

Nishijima Roshi,

Thank you for all of your efforts.
Jordan

12:34 AM, March 20, 2008  
Blogger Markus "Uku" Laitinen said...

Dear Master Nishijima,

I'm wishing you all the best, take care! Hope to hear you soon.

Thank you for your all efforts.

With best wishes,
Markus

5:27 AM, March 20, 2008  
Blogger element said...

Master Nishijima,

I hope you will be back soon.
Best wishes,
Markus

5:49 AM, March 20, 2008  
Blogger PhilBob-SquareHead said...

Dear Nishijima Sensei,

I hope all will be well and we'll look forward to your return.

Philip Proffitt

7:54 AM, March 20, 2008  
Blogger MatthewA said...

Take as long as you need, we will be good.

11:08 AM, March 20, 2008  
Blogger keishin.ni said...

Dear Nishijima Roshi,

With beauty all around, wishing you well on this first day of Spring.

Are there cherry blossoms?

Keishin

3:30 PM, March 22, 2008  
Blogger THOMAS AMUNDSEN said...

Thanks for your teachings. I hope you are doing well!

3:31 AM, March 28, 2008  
Blogger Smoggyrob said...

On Brad's blog, Peter said...

Brad,

One of Nishijima’s Japanese students wrote on his blog about a talk Nishijima gave on March 15 in Hongo in Tokyo. Nishijima had a bit of a cold, but decided to give the talk anyway. It was his first talk there for a while and a lot of people showed up. There were 30 people for zazen and they barely had enough zafus. After zazen Nishijima lectured for about 2 hours on Mūlamadhyamakakārikā and answered questions at the end.

The post was written before Nishijima entered hospital. It might be that his cold got worse after that lecture and he decided to go to hospital.

Here’s a link to the post
http://doutetsu.exblog.jp/i3/

11:57 AM, March 29, 2008  
Blogger Mysterion said...

sensei (xiānsheng):

do you hear my chant?

my prayer is with you

o-cha-ryu

1:48 PM, March 30, 2008  
Blogger Barry said...

Dear Roshi,

i have a question stemming forth from zazen.
when just sitting without any focusing or goal, merely paying attention to present moment as i understand dogens instruction, i notice many mental formations rise and fall. sometimes these can be quite dramatic, other times fairly boring.
to come back to "think not thinking" requires a turning away from the mental formations and tension is produced from the force of turning away. i wonder if this force of turning away from the mental formations is right effort as it produces a tension. other practices i have experimented with such as counting the breath, naming the thoughts or watching the mental formations without effort to change them seem to relax, rather than produce the tension.
is it right effort to turn away from thought?
is it a waste of zazen to watch effortlessly the mental formations?
in appreciation,
barry

4:34 AM, May 01, 2008  

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