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This blog presents Kando Inoue roshi's activities, mainly his dharma talks of shobogenzo in English. Kando is the top advocate of shobogenzo by Zen Master Dogen.

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      How do we spend time when sitting? As the state of sitting, what becomes a problem is prudence and discretion, various things come up to mind or occur, or there is the case that we intentionally think from this side; the side of self. In general, those are thoughts. While being in zazen, you should not deal with such sort of thing. Concerning thoughts coming up, you should not discern. To say that do not judge goods or wrongs. This is good, this is wrong, or this is right, this is mistaken, you should not do like that.
      To be more specific, when various things come out on sitting, for the human beings there are thigs which weigh on their mind. Being so usually they try to solve the matters concerned about and start to plan various things in the head. Anyway, you should not to do this. Therefore, whatever entered into your mind, if there are things weigh on your mind among what you recalled or you thought, you don’t deal with them, do not spend time touching them. And you do not make them not to appear at all. You sit without manipulating from this side to reconstruct at all. This is the way to practice so called effort (kufuu) when sitting.
      When we are sitting like this, the sound of cars is coming. Without intension to hear, when the sound of cars comes, it sounds “buzz” ”buzz” You don’t try to hear. You don’t do not to hear. When you stay not to do anything, when sounding, you are formed to be the state as it is. That is expressed “Give up the operation of Shinisiki(sensation, discrimination and recognition)  “Stop measuring with Nensokan (consciousness, thoughts, views) In short you don’t take on or deal with what comes out by our thoughts. In the same way, we learn by the way of non-thinking; the state that is not thinking. (Generally, to learn something is to understand object using thinking, but here as mentioned above, it is indicated that when sounding “buzz” “buzz”, there are “buzz” “buzz.”) In other words, we stay without using various things that we have acquired after birth. As the state we are born with. Then we can touch the essence of human beings. Zazen is such kind of practice. Those are the important way to spend time in zazen.
      Why is it difficult when being recommended this? Because it is the thing which weighs on one’s mind and it is the thing to become problem, and yet is it all right to leave it without picking up? One is half in doubt. Usually they pick up things which weigh on their mind or things to become problems and try to solve them. However, if one acts such, it cannot be zazen.
      Why should we leave it off? The great reason is to see through the reality, how the way of things. When touching things, if we insert human thoughts and views, even a little, the reality is distorted. It is the first reason. That is why we should not treat with views or thoughts at all. When being such, the truth and facts are transmitted as they are. I would like you to do it anyhow.
     And one more thing, is that what human beings annoy and suffer is the phenomena happening on the thoughts. Being so I want you experience what has become of you when you don’t use thoughts. In fact, we can go on living and have no problem when we don’t use it. However, once something which weighs on your mind appears, you believe that it cannot be settled without dealing with it somehow. Well, what I have said is, I would say, the theoretical explanation. 
     Then how we are if we don’t pick up such things at all, when it occurs, it moves, it functions. You never be thinking it continuously. Thoughts cease instantly when they appear. Without touching yourself, it is formed to disappear. If you do it, you will see. 
     And What to be aware in the beginning is not to fall into sleep. In order not to sleep, ”Eyes should always remain open” Sit with eyes open. When you come to close your eyes, without fail, you are dragged around with thoughts; what come out. By the way when closing eyes, if you can see something there, it is the trick of your imagination and you are dealing with what you think in the head. From the beginning it cannot become zazen. So your eyes should remain open. When opening eyes, the state in front of you remains as it is. Because you can clarify the difference between the state in front of you and what you think in the head, you should not treat what you think in the head. I want you stay to be only the state in front of you.
     Then there are various functions of body like ears, they are all as they are. Sitting like this, as each of them is functioning, without doing anything yourself, they are functioning variously touching on conditions. Stay only as it is.
     Well please do as such carefully. Please put into practice. In addition to that, if you have questions, there is time of Dokusan; private consultation, please ask what you think without reserve.


                                                                               By Kando Inoue rohsi at Entuji Okayama

Shobogenzo The Sixty, Sanjushichi-Bon-Bodai-Bunpo: Thirty-seven Items of Bodhi 
  
There is The Law of Universe of old buddhas, it is namely, the teaching, practice and realization of the Thirty -seven items of bodhi. The entanglement of ascending and descending classes, is still the Fundamental Law of the entanglement.
 We call it the buddhas and we call it the patriarchs.
    
     There is “The law of Universe of old buddhas,” to say that koan; the law of universe is what everyone faces in public. The letter
kou means public. I t will be clear for you that you cannot live without it, rather than to say that you must adhere it. Which is called the law of universe.
     Thirty -seven items are briefly mentioned. We are going to see through them from now. As it is teaching, practice, and enlightenment, there is teaching and we practically experience it, then it will become clear for us how the content of experience is. Which is the proof. It is the proof as getting enlightened. From that, it comes first that it will not do just to understand reading what was written. Teaching. If you listened and found there is teaching, you received it and “Oh is that so?” “Well then how it is like, what this is, I will try to so, I will act.” That sorts of things will be done. When being done, there always comes out the result of the action. Accordingly depending on it, “I see. It is true like what I have been taught at first.” Thing like that happens. Teaching, practice, and realization.
     There is the phrase, “The entanglement of ascending and descending classes, is still the Fundamental Law of the entanglement.” I would say it ups and downs, ascending and descending. It is likely that saying to be able to understand well or not be able to understand. Like that we become one with things themselves and live to get at the truth of the things. That way, we go on the way to the end of the earth. The representatives of those who lived in that way is called buddhas or Zen adepts.


 



Kando Inoue 
   
   
Born in Shizuoka in 1944. The youngest son of Gien Inoue(1894-1981).He practiced at Hosshin-ji , Soji-ji temple in Yokohama, and other temples. He realized the truth in his teens and later received the transmission of Dharma from his father Gien Inoue. He served as the Yakuryou (the head priest who teaches monks ) at Kasuisai temple of Soto school in Shizuoka. He has been teaching Zen to monks and laypeople, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Kobe, Okayama and Kochi.  He is now todo (the retired head priest resides at the eastern hall) at Shorinji Temple in Shizuoka. 

Publication
Paper book(Japanese)
History of Shorinji Temple 
Gennibi- Genjokoan, Shobogenzo 
Truth, Satori, and Zen Practice 
Sanjushichi-bon-bodai-bunpo   37bonbodaibunpo order form

e-book ( Japanese edition)
Jisgo-zanma  Shobogenzo Amazon Jisho-zanmai
Dai-shugyo  
Shobogenzo     Amazon Dai-shugyo
Baika 
Shobogenzo            Amazon Baika 

Sanjushichi-bon-bodai-bunpo Shobogenzo  Amazon 37bon bodai-bunpo


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