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Dógen Zendži byl japonský zenový mistr, který do Japonska přenesl z Číny učení Sótó. Ve své době byl významnou postavou japonského náboženství i filosofie.

Narodil se v Kjótu. Jako mnoho jeho předchůdců i on studoval buddhismus na hoře Hiei, nejdříve u školy Tendai. Jelikož byl nespokojen s jejím učením, začal studovat buddhismus pod vedením zenového mistra Eisaie a poté jeho nástupce Mjózena. Po dokončení studií se vydal do Číny, kde u mistra Njodžóa studoval nauku Sótó, kterou později přenesl do Japonska.

„Život, jak ho jen namalovat? Jako odraz měsíce v kapičce rosy na špičce zobáku vodního ptáka.“

„If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?“

„Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see others' faults with a hateful mind. There is an old saying that if you stop seeing others' faults, then naturally seniors and venerated and juniors are revered. Do not imitate others' faults; just cultivate virtue. Buddha prohibited unwholesome actions, but did not tell us to hate those who practice unwholesome actions.“

„Forgetting oneself is opening oneself“

„A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself.“ How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment

„To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.“

„Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.“

„No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.“

„When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots - it is not yet painting Spring.“

„When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine many things with a confused mind, you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. But when you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that there is nothing that has unchanging self.“

„If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.“

„There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.“ Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

„Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment. (From 'Fukan zazengi')“

„Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.“

„To escape from the world means that one's mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.“ A Primer Of Soto Zen

„do not view mountains from the scale of human thought“

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