Studying the Way: Part III

This talk continues to explore Dogen’s statement, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, to forget the self is to be actualized by the 10,000 things.” It uses the teaching of the five skandhas (form, feeling, perception, conditioning, and consciousness) to explore studying the self as being intimate with one’s own experience. Suzuki Roshi says that in the experience of breathing in and breathing out, when you say “I breathe,” the “I” is extra. Similarly, we can study how the “I” is extra in our material existence, in our feeling, perception, habit structures, and thinking consciousness. When we “forget the self” in this way, how does that change the way we respond to circumstances?

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Zenki Christian Dillo Roshi is the the guiding teacher at the Boulder Zen Center in Colorado, USA. This podcast shares the regular dharma talks given at the center. Zenki Roshi approaches Zen practice as a craft of transformation, liberation, wisdom and compassionate action. His interest is to bring Buddhism alive within the Western cultural context, while staying committed to the traditional emphasis on yogic embodiment.