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Dogen Zenji Quotes

A Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher and the founder of the Soto school of Zen in Japan.
(1200 - 1253)

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.

Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.

You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.