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Teisho: The Circle of the Way

July 6, 2018

“… the point of all of this is to be of service, each in our own unique way …”

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Description: Henry begins by talking about a recent workshop at Mountain Cloud with noted calligrapher and translator of Dogen, Kaz Tanahashi. Dogen is a national treasure in Japan, both expressing and shaping the collective soul of the country, just as Pushkin in Russia. Inspired by a talk given by Kaz, Henry discusses Dogen’s notion of the Way as a circle, with a focus on the following stages: aspiration; practice; enlightenment; nirvana. Dogen is encouraging us to bypass our familiar, and often tyrannical, linear mindset by evoking the image of a circle. Ultimately, as Henry beautifully expresses, the point of all of this is to be of service, each in our own unique way.

Post & Featured image: Together by unclelktCCO Public Domain.

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