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Dogen's meeting with the chief cook in China

posted by drew

03.01.15

Dogen, 1200-1253 Dogen, 1200-1253

"The chief cook said, 'To study the words is to know the origin of words; to strive in discipline is to probe the origin of discipline.' Then Dogen asked, 'What are the words?' 'One, two, three, four, five,' replied the chief cook. Dogen asked again, 'What is the discipline?' 'The entire universe has never concealed it,' the monk replied."

--Takashi James Kodera, Dogen's Formative Years in China (1980)

 

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