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star_auxAntaiji is a Zen monastery that commits itself to the practice of zazen and the study of the Buddha’s teaching, while cultivating the fields around the temple, cutting grass and trees and doing construction work to keep the community self-sufficient. Here at Antaiji, Zen is practiced without any additions or modifications. This means that Zazen is practiced solely for the purpose of Zazen. Zazen will not get you anywhere. Zazen without gain, Zazen which is one with enlightenment, is what is put into practice here.

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Fernanda reads (in English) and Ochi explains (in Japanese) today’s part of the “Tenzo kyokun”, January 23rd 2017

Today, Ochi spoke about the famous episode when Dogen met a Chinese cook on the ship, after arriving in China. First Ochi treads the original, then Fernanda reads the English text (second and sixth video), after that Ochi explains in Japanese:

Original Japanese text can be found here: antaiji.org/archives/jap/ten.shtml

Fernanda reads the English translation by Leigthon/Okumura:

Different version on the Internet:
Instructions for the Cook (Stanford translation)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TENZO (translated by Anzan Hoshin & Yasuda Joshu)

Last, we chant the four bodhisattva vows:

Explanation of the vows can be found here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva_vow#East_Asia

Abbot Muho

Abbot Muho

About the German monk who ended up becoming our abbot.

Sawaki & Uchiyama

Sawaki & Uchiyama

Texts by two internationally known Zen masters.

About Zazen

About Zazen

Why it’s good for nothing – if you’re doing it right.

Staying at Antaiji


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