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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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Where to find the real Buddha

Look for Buddha outside your own mind,
and Buddha becomes the devil.

Dogen Zenji

Lost in a moment

Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass,
your life is as brief as a flash of lightning.

Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment.

Dogen ZenjiDogen Zenji

Find the Truth

There are thousands upon thousands of students,
who have practised meditation and obtained its fruits.
Do not doubt its possibilities because of the simplicity of the method.

If you can not find the truth right where you are,
where else do you expect to find it?

Dogen Zenji


Life and death are of supreme importance.

Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to awaken.


Take heed, do not squander your life.

Dogen Zenji

Duality of Life and Death

For Buddhism,
the duality between life and death is only one instance of a more general problem,
dualistic thinking. Why is dualistic thinking a problem?

We differentiate between good and evil,
success and failure,
life and death
and so forth because we want to keep the one and reject the other.
But, we cannot have one without the other because they are interdependent:
having one half also maintains the other.
Living a ‘pure’ life thus requires a preoccupation with impurity
and our hope for success will be proportional to our fear of failure.
We discriminate between life and death in order to affirm one and deny the other
and as we have seen our tragedy lies in the paradox,
that these two objects are so interdependent.
There is no life without death
and what we are more likely to overlook
there is no death without life.
This means our problem is not death, but life-and-death.

Dogen Zenji


Through one word, or seven words,
or three times five,
even if you investigate thoroughly myriad forms,
nothing can be depended upon.

Night advances, the moon glows and falls into the ocean.
The black dragon jewel you have been searching for is everywhere.

Dogen Zenji