37/66 Shunju



Spring and Autumn

Shun means “spring” and ju, which is a corruption of shu, means “autumn.” Shunju, spring and autumn, expresses the seasons. In this chapter Master Dogen describes the Buddhist attitude towards cold and heat. First Master Dogen quotes a famous conversation on this subject between Master Tozan Ryokai and a monk. Then he discusses the comments of some ancient masters in order to explain the true meaning of the story.