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Creating general assumptions and ideologies

September 13, 2007

Right now, I’m reading How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment (I hate that subtitle). It’s Dogen’s Instructions for the Zen Cook and then a bunch of commentary by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi. I like his writing style and came across a particularly good section yesterday (emphasis mine):

With the definition of mind that I have explained above, it is necessary to take another look at the expression, “The dharma should be grasped so that mind and object become one.” This expression means that we must learn to see all phenomena (everything in life) from the foundation of a pure-life experience. All too often we while away our lives, creating general assumptions and ideologies out of the thoughts that arise in our minds, and, after having fabricated those ideas, we finally dissipate our life energy by living in the world we have abstracted from them. “The dharma should be grasped so that mind and object become one,” means that we must see all of the worlds that our lives encmpass from the foundation of our own personal life experience; our life experience is or mind. This means that all things in life function as parts of our bodies. This is also th emeanin of toji, holding all things equally.

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