On “Shobogenzo Juki,” Eihei Dogen’s words on Buddhahood

Takuhatsu in the snow

“The Great Way that has been singularly transmitted by buddhas and ancestors is giving the prediction [of buddhahood]….the prediction is given to beings who have not yet aroused [the wish for enlightenment];…the prediction is given to beings with a body; the prediction is given to beings without a body; the prediction is given to all buddhas. We should not learn that we become buddhas after receiving the prediction; we should not learn that we receive the prediction after becoming buddhas. At the time of conferring the prediction, there is becoming buddha; at the time of conferring the prediction, there is practice. For this reason, there is the prediction in being buddhas; there is the prediction in going beyond buddhas.”

Commentary: Are you a being without a body? Our practice and our life’s experience is itself the expression of buddhanature and it’s actualization, but do not think that there is nothing to discover. Each moment is leaping directly into the fire, so why worry about the cold? It will still be cold when all is said and done.

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