November 22, 2018


Fukanzazengi. (Principles of Seated Meditation) by Dogen Zen]i, translated by Carl Bielefeld. FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING, the basis of the way is perfectly. Fukanzazengi is Dôgen’s first work. It was written in , the year he returned from China. It is influenced by and in many ways resembles a number of similar. Fukanzazengi. Muho. A Universal Recommendation of Zazen. The Way is originally perfect and all-pervading. What need is there for practice and realization?.

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Living by Zen is not separated from daily life. We are not learning concentration, we are not learning to focus on something, we are not learning first this and then that, we are not after specific results. Put aside all involvements and suspend all affairs. And do not spend so much time rubbing only a part of the elephant. Fukanzazengione of Dogen’s early writings, is a manual that explains how to do fukajzazengi meditation. However, if there is a thousandth or a hundredth of a gap, the separation is as great as that between heaven and earth; and if a trace of disagreement arises, we lose the mind in confusion.

Who could believe in a means to brush it clean?


Always keep your eyes open, and breathe softly through your nose. This particular thing or you right here right now.

If even the ancient sages were like this, how can we today dispense with wholehearted practice? You must know that when you are doing zazen, right there the authentic Dharma is manifesting itself, striking aside dullness and distraction from the first. In addition, triggering awakening with a finger, a banner, a needle, or a mallet, and effecting realization with a whisk, a fist, a staff, or a shout –these cannot be understood by discriminative thinking; much less can they be known through the practice of supernatural power.


Place a thick mat at your usual sitting place with a round sitting-cushion on top of it. Do not rise suddenly or abruptly. Literally Zazen means seated meditation. Now, when we research it, the truth originally is all around: Swaying left and right we fuaknzazengi the right and stable position of our spine.

Please, honored followers of Zen, long accustomed to groping for the elephant, do not doubt the true dragon. It is decisively different from thinking. We can still hear rumors of the nine years spent facing the wall by the transmitter of the mind-seal of Shaoiin [temple].

Then the right hand should be placed over the left leg, and the left hand should be placed on the right hand. Then, place the right hand over the left foot, and place the left hand on the right hand, having the two tips of thumbs touching together against each other. In reality it is always now. If we make even one mistake at the present moment, we have to commit the mistake just at the moment. Therefore, no distinction should be made between the clever and the stupid. This suggests that Nagarjuna fundamentally denies both idealistic philosophies and materialistic philophies exactly.

Don’t lean to the left, don’t incline to right, don’t slouch forward, and don’t lean backward. We should never be hasty or violent. Therefore, in Mahayana Buddhism in the Oriental societies, the orthodox Buddhist thinkers usually insist that Buddhism is a kind of nihilism, which insists that the world is not real, but that it is an abstract image of emptiness.


Dogen plays here with a reference to an old story from the Buddha’s time about some blind people who were grouped around an elephant and, touching just a part of it, asked to describe what it might be.

It is never separate from where you are, so why scramble around in search of it? Eat and drink moderately, don’t entangle yourself in delusive relationships. Hold them in your body-and-mind. What happens if we don’t make an effort? It is simply the Dharmagate of repose and bliss.

Fukan Zazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen) | SOTOZEN-NET

It is just fuknzazengi from thinking. Having long been thus, we should be thus. Then place your right hand on your left leg and your left palm facing upwards on your right palm, thumb-tips touching.

Do not pass your days and nights in vain.

Fukanzazengi by Eihei Dogen – Unabridged english translation

Do not think of good and evil. Then the, treasure house will open naturally, and you will enjoy it to the full. So fukanxazengi can interpret that Nagarjuna proclaims the fundamental Buddhist thoughts, which pervade throughout the total MMK. When we look with care, we see that this seemingly limited, particular instance opens as a window into universal being. May I point out the one from Jetavana, the Buddha, who fukanzazengii himself Primordial Awareness and still sat for six years?

What need is there for concentrated effort?