Birth & Death – Text Reading 4/8/12

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Birth & Death – Text Reading 4/8/12

Thus I have heard..

One clings to life although there is nothing to be called life; another clings to death although there is nothing to be called death. In reality there is nothing to be born, Consequently there is nothing to perish.

-Bodhidharma

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From: Shoji – Birth & Death; from Moon in a Dewdrop

“Because a buddha is in birth and death, there is no birth and death.”

It is also said, “Because a buddha is not in birth and death, a buddha is not deluded by birth and death.”

These statements are the essence of the words of the two Zen masters Jiashan and Dingshan. You should certainly not neglect them, because they are the words of those who attained the way.

-Dogen Zenji

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