David Brazier's Blog – May 2016 Archive (5)

DILEMMAS ABOUT DOGEN OR DOGEN'S DILEMMAS

Dilemmas

Dogen Zenji is, perhaps, the most important figure in Zen in the history of Japan. I am working on a translation of Dogen's seminal text Genjo Koan. It is about enlightenment. It is written to a layperson. Later on Dogen writes other things that strongly suggest that it is virtually impossible for a lay person to be enlightened. Did Dogen change his mind? If so, why?

Dogen is known for being a dedicated advocate of zazen. It has the highest value in…

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Added by David Brazier on May 22, 2016 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

LEARNING FROM ICELAND

There is a nice little report here worth reflecting on

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160509-the-truth-about-icelandic-happiness

Added by David Brazier on May 11, 2016 at 22:28 — 1 Comment

CHARLENE INTERVIEWING ME

Charlene interviewed me for her network. You can listen to the interview here.

Added by David Brazier on May 9, 2016 at 15:16 — No Comments

Bombing Karma

Apparently, the USA dropped 23,144 bombs in Middle Eastern countries in 2015 - not an exceptional number, even - what is the karma of this?

Added by David Brazier on May 7, 2016 at 12:11 — No Comments

A bit more of the car

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Added by David Brazier on May 5, 2016 at 21:17 — No Comments

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Fragile Nature

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on April 5, 2020 at 11:34 1 Comment

I found this lovely quote in a book about Jizo bodhisattva:



"We perceive the fragile nature of our human life and it makes us afraid. As protection against the inevitable assaults of a human life - separations, failures, abuse, illness and death - we construct a set of strategies and defences called a self. Each time we perceive danger we fortify the defences until we find ourselves trapped and isolated inside its walls. Like a stone or wooden Jizo, we are frozen and lifeless. We… Continue

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