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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Question on Genjo-koan [89]

Dear Nishijima Roshi,

I hope you are keeping well.

Can you please offer any insight into the meaning of Genjo-koan section [89] where Dogen recommends in relation to realization that "The longness and shortness of its moment should be investigated in large [bodies of] water and small [bodies of] water, and observed in the width and the narrowness of the sky and moon" ?

Many thanks,



Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear Mr. Harry San,

Thank you very much for your question on Genjo-koan section [89].

The meaning of the sentence is as follows.

"The longness and shortness of the present moment can be recognized by utilizing a big image of the moon, which is reflecting on the surface of the ocean, and a small image of the moon on the surface of a cup of water, or in another example the very wide scale of the whole sky itself, and the very narrow space of the moon, which is shining in the sky."

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

5:15 PM, February 22, 2008  
Blogger Harry said...

Thank you very much, Roshi. :-)



7:20 PM, February 22, 2008  

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