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Zazenkai starts in Osaka & “Antaiji”and “Muho Nölke” account separated, March 31st 2019

Antaiji on Youtube: youtube.com/user/sendaba
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Muho’s Playlists: youtube.com/user/sendab/playlists

On most sundays, 6:30 to 7:30, starting on April 7th

Muho talks about the “most dangerous man in the world”, March 28th 2019

The most dangerous man in the world is the contemplative who is guided by nobody. He trusts his own visions. He obeys the attractions of an interior voice but will not listen to other men. He identifies the will of God with anything that makes him feel, within his own heart, a big, warm, sweet interior glow. The sweeter and the warmer the feeling is, the more he is convinced of his own infallibility. (Thomas Merton)
Source: New Seeds of Contemplation

Koike Ryunosuke calls his editor to confess (Japanese)

Around the hall, March 24th 2019

Around the hall, March 12th 2019

Announcement by Muho, March 6th 2019

Uchiyama Roshi’s „Seven Points of Practice“: antaiji.org/en/services/english-the-seven-points-of-practice-uchiyama/
Muho in the Netherlands on September 2nd, 2019: dogen-zen.nl

PLAYDATES
Green Mountain Film Festival, Montpelier VT, March 29 & 31
Silco Theater, Silver City NM, March 29-April 4
Rafael Film Center, San Rafael CA, April 5-11
Roxie Cinema, San Francisco CA, April 9
Naro Expanded Cinema, Norfolk VA, May 1,
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH, May 23-24

Muho’s talk on Dogen’s Gyoji chapter, February 28th 2019

English talk starts after 54:00 mark.

Gudo Nishijima’s translation can be found here (scroll down to “[231] Great Master Gensha…” ): thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/Shobogenzo_2_NC.pdf

Japanese original: shomonji.or.jp/soroku/genzou16b/index.html

Edward’s talk on Sawaki Kodo’s “To you…”, February 23rd 2019

26. To you who like hearing something inspirational about Buddhism

Many say, “No matter how much Sawaki talks, his lectures don’t inspire me in the least!”
Obviously. Because I myself am not “inspirational”.
The buddha-dharma leads you to the place where nothing is special.
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They say, “When I hear Sawaki talk, my faith cools down.” Now I’m going to really put their faith on ice: This sort of faith is nothing but superstition.
They say, “Sawaki’s talks don’t awaken any faith in me.” They don’t awaken any superstition, that’s all.
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There’s nothing more funny than old women looking for “inspiration”. Everything for them is “inspirational” even if it’s only worth as much as pigeon shit. Anyway, this idea of inspiration is mistaken: isn’t it just personal inspiration they’re talking about? They’re only taking refuge in Buddha because they hope to get something out of it.
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Whatever sutra you read, it’s always about devoting your body and life to the Way. Why is it that the whole world believes religion means praying to Buddha for good health and good business?
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However much good they do, everything that humans do is bad. If you give, all day long you think, “I gave!” If you do religious practice, you think “I practiced, I practiced!” If you do something good, you never forget, “I did good, I did good!”
Does this mean that we should do something bad instead? No, even when we do good, it’s bad. When we do something bad, it’s even worse.
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“Beware of doing good!”
A person who does good thinks they’ve done good. That’s why they’re worse than someone who has done something bad. Believe me, it’s easier for those who do bad because they’re humbled by […]

Eko’s talk on Sawaki Kodo’s “To you…”, February 22nd 2019

22. To you who wish you could lead a happier life

“Rest awhile and everything will be fine.”
We simply need to take a short break. Being buddha means taking a short break from being a human. Being buddha doesn’t mean working your way up as a human.
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What makes Ryōkan so refreshing is that he doesn’t fondle things.
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In everything, people follow their feelings of joy, anger, sadness and comfort. But that’s something different from everyday mind. Everyday mind means cease-fire. Without preferences, without animosity, without winner and loser, without good and evil, without joy and pain – that’s everyday mind.
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“What sort of person stands on the ground where there’s neither coming nor going?”
Kyūhō answered, “The stone sheep versus the stone tiger: sooner or later they’ll get tired of staring each other in the eyes.” The stone sheep won’t flinch. The stone tiger won’t jump out of hunger. That’s the point – encountering things beyond thinking.
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What do we have when we truly have a grip on things as they are? Beyond-thinking. Beyond-thinking doesn’t allow itself to be thought. No matter if you think so or not: things are simply as they are.
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“All things are empty” means there’s nothing we can run into, because nothing is really happening. We only think something’s happening because we are intoxicated by something.
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Nothing is ever happening, no matter what seems to be going on – that’s the natural condition. Illusion means losing this natural condition.
Normally we don’t recognize this natural condition. Normally we cover it with something else, so it’s not natural anymore.
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The buddha-dharma means the normal condition. Yet in the world everything is unnatural. Domineering, succumbing and discussing everything to death are unnatural.
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What’s […]

Edward’s talk on Sawaki Kodo’s “To you…”, February 14th 2019

12. To you who is wondering if your zazen has been good for something

What’s zazen good for?
Absolutely nothing! This “good for nothing” has got to sink into your flesh and bones until you’re truly practicing what’s good for nothing. Until then, your zazen is really good for nothing.
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Throwing yourself completely into doing what’s good for absolutely nothing – why not give it a try?
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So you say you’d like to try doing zazen in order to become a better person. Become a better person by doing zazen? How ridiculous! How could a person ever become something better?
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You say you want to become a better person by doing zazen.
Zazen isn’t about learning how to be a person. Zazen is to stop being a person.
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Some say, “Zen means having an empty mind, right?”
You won’t have an empty mind until you’re dead.
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They think that with zazen everything gets better.
Foolish! Zazen means forgetting “better” and “worse”.
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You are not going to earn tips doing zazen.
The day is as long as a child’s day.
The mountain is as quiet as the eternal past.

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Zazen is unsatisfying. Unsatisfying for whom? For the ordinary person. People are never satisfied.
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In our Sōtō school, zazen isn’t so exciting. Ordinary people are always looking for excitement – sports, gambling on horse races and things like that. What makes them so popular? It’s the excitement of winning and losing.
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Isn’t it self-evident? How could that which is eternal and infinite ever satisfy human desires?
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How could that which fills the whole universe ever fit into an ordinary person’s idea of satisfaction?
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Unsatisfying: simply practicing zazen.
Unsatisfying: realizing zazen with this body.
Unsatisfying: absorbing zazen into your flesh and blood. […]

Eko’s talk on Sawaki Kodo’s “To you…”, February 13th 2019

20. To you who like to hear ghost stories

People often ask me if ghosts really exist. Somebody who racks their brains over something like that is what I call a ghost.
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It’s said that the dead appear as ghosts, but that’s only true as long as you have the living. When the living are dead, they won’t see any more ghosts. In Yogacara philosophy, ghosts are the tools of the living.
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One person says he saw a ghost, someone else learned of somebody’s death in a dream. What’s all this besides individual scenes in the theatre of transmigration.
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Isn’t everything a hallucination? It’s only because we don’t recognize this hallucination as a hallucination that we wander around in life and death.
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Everyone is dreaming. The problem is simply the differences between the individual dreams.
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When you are dreaming, it isn’t clear to you that you’re dreaming. If somebody hits you in the face, it hurts. But this pain is also only in the dream.
One dream keeps another company, that’s why even a dream doesn’t recognize the other as a dream.
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Some underpants are hanging to dry on a branch. Somebody sees them and thinks they’ve seen a ghost. Maybe you’re thinking that something like that hardly ever happens in reality, but when we think, “I need money”, “I want to become minister”, “I want to get ahead” – aren’t we all taking a pair of underpants for a ghost?
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Everyone is talking about “reality”, but this is only a dream. It’s nothing more than the reality inside a dream. Good!
When people are talking about revolution and war, we think that something really special is going on, but what is it besides struggling inside a dream? […]