Enlightenment for Dogen

In his essay Genjōkōan, written in 1233 for a lay practitioner, Dogen makes this instructive statement about the nature of enlightenment:

“To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion, that myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening”

In this short video the meaning of this phrase is illuminated by discussing the various meanings of ‘self’.

Adpated from Kusen given on 16th May 2020.

For More on Dogen’s Work Genjo-Koan, see this link below: