Dropping Off Body and Mind

From nine talks on Shobogenzo Daigo

Fallen Flowers Never Go Up the Tree

In the Hōkyōki, Zen Master Dōgen relates the intimate discussion with his teacher Nyōjō (Rujing) concerning zazen and dropping off body and mind — shinjin datsuraku.

Shōhaku Okumura provides commentary on this in Fallen Flowers Never Go Up The Tree, a series of nine talks on Shōbōgenzō Daigō (Great Realization).

In this excerpt, we learn Hōkyōki also establishes the oneness of Dōgen Zenji’s practice-realization. But as with Shakyamuni, his actual enlightenment experience remains undisclosed, because he never discussed it.

This commentary is extracted from 13 hours of teaching by Shōhaku Okumura on Shōbōgenzō Daigō. It’s a work essential to penetrating Dogen Zenji’s understanding of awakening — a term with widely varying interpretations.

The full digital album is available here.

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Translation and commentary by Shōhaku Okumura Roshi

> Other albums by Shōhaku Okumura

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