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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Opening Dogen Sangha Blog

My name is Gudo Wafu Nishijima, a Buddist Monk, who is 86 years old, and recently because of my old age, I finished my Buddhist lectures, which were held at many places for many years, and so I decided to open Dogen Sangha Blog, to express the Buddhist thought. It might be very short sentences, but I would like to continue it as far as possible almot every day.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


Blogger Lone Wolf said...

Hello Gudo Nishijima Roshi,

Every since your student, Brad Warner, wrote the book Hardcore Zen I have been reading his Webpage and now his blog. This also lead me to the Dogen Sangha website to read your teachings. I am very happy to hear you have a blog and will most likely be a regular visitor. I am attempting to make Zazen part of my everyday life.

3:38 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Ken said...

Gassho Master Gudo! _/\_

Your words are much louder than you think! I hold you and Brad personally responsible for my aching knees and sore ankles. Many thanks, will come by to visit often.

5:37 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger S. said...

Congratulations on the grand opening of your blog.

Your ongoing quest to communicate is lovely. Communication can be tricky, no?

A favored poem by William Stafford:

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

5:48 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Grim said...

lone wolf is not the only one who has been led to both you and Brad Warner. I have read too much writing about taoism and budhism and I filled my mind with too much fantasy.

I enjoy reading what Brad Warner writes because it seems to cut through those fantasies and helps to slowly expose me to reality, or so I believe. I would like to participate now on your blog and Brads.

Although I will most likely enjoy these discussions, I have recently thought that perhaps I should become aquainted with a master in person.

6:10 AM, November 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gassho Gudo Roshi,

Any teacher of Brad Warner's is a teacher of mine. I really am glad you are starting this blog and I have the opportunity to at least meet with you virtually. May this be an enriching and positive undertaking for you and all beings.


6:20 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger reallynotimportant said...

Brad claims to have learnt a lot from you. I'll read what you write and take it from there.

I think that a blog is a sensible addition to the buddhist tradition. You could could be the greatest teacher to ever walk this earth or a talking monkey or both.

The blog will look the same either way.

If what you say has merit then it will stand out and be read by those who have an interst. If it has no merit, it wll not. There is a rightness there.

I'll shut up now amd just sit.

6:45 AM, November 30, 2005  
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6:53 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Keith said...

Dear Master Nishijima,

I am pleased to see your blog. I've read a few of your books and I am grateful that they have served me in my practice.

Like others here, I am inspired by Brad Warner, but I am happy to call another one of students (Jim Jundo Cohen) my teacher.

I will check back to your blog often.


I will

7:07 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger PA said...

I once came to the Dogen Sangha in Ichikawa and a lady there gave me the little book you wrote: How to Practice ZAZEN. It inspired me to just get to sitting down.
Thanks and happy blogging!

7:40 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am exceedingly pleased to learn of this new blog.

I would appreciate it if you could 'turn on' your RSS feed such that your words are more readily available to us.

To turn on your site feed:
Go to your blogger dashboard
Click on your blog
Click on 'settings'
Click on 'site feed'
Toggle the 'Publish Site Feed' Question such that it says YES.

Thank you.

8:33 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Jules said...

Hello Nishijima Roshi,
I very much enjoyed your book, "To Meet the Real Dragon." I gave it to a good friend when she asked me to recommend a book about Zen. I became familiar with your work after reading Brad's web site. I've read volume one of your translation of the Shobogenzo, and I'm looking forward to reading your English translation of the Mulamadhyamakakarika. Thank you for doing all this wonderful work, and for taking the time to create your own blog. I'll visit regularly!

10:18 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Rick Matz said...


11:32 AM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger J&J said...

Congratulations on being 86 and able to use a computer. I am 37 and still have trouble checking my email.

1:08 PM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger Sue Slater said...

Dear Nishijima sensei,
I am very pleased to read your blog, as I've missed going to the dojo since it closed. What a marvellous idea.

6:42 PM, November 30, 2005  
Blogger earDRUM said...

Hello Gudo,
I am very happy to see that you have a blog.
I have enjoyed your articles very much. They cleared up many things for me. I have been reading about Zen and Buddhism since 1981, but it wasn't until I read your articles that everything became clear in my mind.
I truly feel that your approach to Zazen and Buddhism (continuing in Nagarjuna's and Dogen's lineage) is the best one on out planet, because it is based in reality. There are so many versions of Buddhism in the world. But they are all so complicated, and they involve beliefs. But yours is clear.
So thank you very much for sharing your wisdom. It has been a huge help to me.
I am very appreciative of your work, and Brad's work. I just wish that the rest of the world would understand it too.
I look forward to reading your books.

2:51 AM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger Radish said...

Welcome! I found your blog through Brad, and will link to your blog on mine:

6:35 AM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger Marc WALUS (Paris) said...

Dear Master,

I feel really happy that you opened this blog. This is a good way to go on the teaching you allways did.
I'm sure that it will a good tool to make all your studients working together

6:52 PM, December 01, 2005  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

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2:43 PM, February 17, 2006  

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