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Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

'Abandon self; accept reality.' - Interview with author David Brazier

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 11 Mar, 2019 - 16:24

'Abandon self; accept reality.' - Interview with author David Brazier

By Helen - Windhor... on Mon, 11 Mar, 2019 - 16:24

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing respected Buddhist teacher and author, David Brazier, about his upcoming book, The Dark Side of the Mirror: forgetting the self in Dōgen’s Genjō Kōan, due for release on 19 March 2019.

What is the significance of the title: The Dark Side of the Mirror?

The theme of the text Genjō Kōan, written by Dōgen when he returned from China, was the nature of satori (Japanese: spiritual enlightenment). Many people think that enlightenment comes as a result...

Windhorse Publications
Windhorse Publications

Coming soon: ‘The Dark Side of the Mirror’ by David Brazier

By Helen - Windhor... on Wed, 27 Feb, 2019 - 15:44

Coming soon: ‘The Dark Side of the Mirror’ by David Brazier

By Helen - Windhor... on Wed, 27 Feb, 2019 - 15:44

There are just three weeks to go before the publication of our latest book, The Dark Side of the Mirror: forgetting the self in Dōgen’s Genjō Kōan, by respected Buddhist teacher and author David Brazier.

Genjō Kōan is the most important chapter in Zen master Dōgen’s principal major work, the Shōbōgenzō. Although Genjō Kōan is familiar to Buddhists both east and west, it is still not well understood. This new translation and commentary draws back the curtain revealing the deeper meaning of the text in language that...

Community Highlights
Community Highlights

Cooking as Spiritual Practice

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 16 Jan, 2019 - 17:02

Cooking as Spiritual Practice

By Sadayasihi on Wed, 16 Jan, 2019 - 17:02

Danabhadri talks about her experience of preparing food in the kitchen of the Dhanakosa retreat centre - including practising mindfulness while chopping vegetables, approaching cooking as a puja, and wisdom reflections on the interconnectedness of our food chain. 

Video created by Shantiketu.

Listen to a talk by Danabhadri, ‘Dogen’s Advice For the Kitchen’

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Reality and Intuition

By Sadayasihi on Thu, 7 Jun, 2018 - 14:54

This FBA Dharmabyte is entitled ‘Reality and Intuition’ from the talk ‘All One Gorgeous Mistake’ by Vajradarshini.

A jewelled casket of a talk by Vajradarshini, with poetic accompaniment. Rumi meets Tsongkhapa in the Tavern of Ruin, and Dogen, Milarepa and Nagarjuna join them to talk about ‘self’ and ‘world’. Joanna Macy turns up too — then many voices, mixed and mingled, explore the experience of being part of an Order and following the Buddha’s way. Quite splendid...

Western Buddhist Review
Western Buddhist Review

Advice from the Zen Master – Don’t be a Jerk

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Wed, 25 May, 2016 - 11:58

Advice from the Zen Master – Don’t be a Jerk

By Dhivan Thomas Jones on Wed, 25 May, 2016 - 11:58

In this post we present a delightful review by Vidyavajra of a new book that tries to put Dōgen’s master-work, the Shōbōgenzō, into vernacular English – with some success, it would seem.

Brad Warner, Don’t Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dōgen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master, New World Library, 2016 (£13 pback).

review by Vidyavajra

On the cover is a comic book depiction of a godzilla-like monster with beams of fire coming from its eyes, crossing a Hokusai-like sea of waves, towards a medieval Japanese village....

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

Dharmabyte: Dogen on practice as Enlightenment

By Rijupatha on Thu, 12 Jun, 2014 - 20:33
Are you looking at the wall? Or is the wall gazing at you? Another cracking take on Zen – the sutras, the experience, the dangers and the fruits… Our FBA Dharmabyte today is called: “Dogen on Practice as Enlightenment” by Padmavajra. This is from the third in an excellent 8-talk sequence by Padmavajra on Zen Buddhism titled: “Wall Gazing“. The series is full of colourful stories and challenging insights from the...
Sheffield Buddhist Centre
Sheffield Buddhist Centre

Dogen and Hakuin by Khemasuri 5th June 2012

By bodhinaga on Sat, 14 Jul, 2012 - 19:48

Dogen and Hakuin by Khemasuri 5th June 2012

By bodhinaga on Sat, 14 Jul, 2012 - 19:48As part of our ‘teachers of the past’ section of the Refuge Tree series at Sangha Night, Khemasuri tells us about the Japanese Zen teachers Hakuin, Dogen and Buddha Nature. 5th June 2012