About Satori …


Oshaku Okumura, one of the foremost exponents of Dogen’s teachings, said when he was asked about Satori: “Satori is nothing but being aware of, or being alert in, whatever activity you are doing right now, right here. Any activity is not a step, means, or preparation for other things, but rather should be done for its own sake, being accomplished in each moment.”

Viewed through the lens
of self and time,
this statement
did not seem
to make sense.

Isn’t satori
an awakening experience ?

Isn’t awakening
stepping outside
of time ?

So how could satori
be present
” all of the time ” ?

It took satori
to understand
not understanding.

What seems to be present
before satori
is utterly complete

What seems to be present
after satori
is utterly complete

The difference
lies in

To practice
as if
what is real
and always present
really is real
and always present
of the moment
would have helped.

Who knows ?

_ _ __ ___ _____ ________ _____________ ______________________________

Oshaku Okumura Roshi

Drawing of Dogen from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C5%8Dgen#/media/File:DogenP2.JPG

The image of Oshaku Okumura Roshi from here: http://www.upaya.org/uploads/images/ShohakuOkumuraRoshi2.jpgsized.jpg

The quotation came from here: http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2013/09/joel-agee-appearances-are-self.html

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