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How to Encounter People for Their Own Sake

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A Dharma Hall Discourse from the Eihei Koroku as translated by Leighton & Okumura. Spoken by Dogen in 1247 CE, with Konin's comments in italics.

Seeing colors, clarifying mind, old man Sakyamuni turned a somersault.

The Buddha "turned over" his inverted views when he discovered the nature of mind inherent in his experience.

Hearing sounds, awakening to the Way, the ancestral teacher Bodhidharma held out his bowl.

Even in everyday activities like eating and hearing birds, Bodhidharma expressed the awakened nature of all things.

Before the 15th day (of the full moon), there's talk of the moon on Vulture Peak;

Before realization we like to speak wishfully about it.

After the 15th day, flowers are added on brocade.

After realization, speaking about it helps to reveal the pattern that is already there.

These are still not free from words and phrases.

That is still conventional activity.

Beyond this, how can we encounter people for their own sake?

After a pause, Dogen said: 

If pure gold is not refined a hundred times, how will it reveal its radiance?

If we don't make an effort 365 days a year, how can we realize the Way?

If a precious jewel is not assessed, how can it be judged genuine or fake?

If we don't apply our critical faculties to our experience of the world, how can we know its true nature?

What is it like, right at this time? Being early spring, it is still cold.

We start by practicing with this very with body and mind.

I respectfully wish all you honored persons 10,000 blessings in your sitting and standing.

I respectfully wish all you honored persons 10,000 blessings in your sitting and standing.