Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gutei's One-Finger Zen, Part 3

One day Zen Master Dogen instructed,
An ancient has said, “Associating with a good person is like walking through mist and dew; though you will not become drenched, gradually your robes will become damp.”  This means that if you become familiar with a good person, you will become good yourself without being aware of it. 
In ancient times a boy who attended Mater Gutei, without noticing when he was learning or when he was practicing, realized the Way because he had served as a personal attendant to the master who had been practicing for a long time. 
Similarly if you practice zazen for a long time you will suddenly clarify the Great Matter and will know that zazen is the true gate to the buddha-dharma (Shobogenzo Zuimonki, Book 4, Chapter 4).  

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