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Ju means to give, and ki means affirmation, so juki means affirmation. Buddhist sutras contain many descriptions of Gautama Buddha giving his disciples affirmation that they would attain the truth, but few Buddhist scholars concerned themselves with the meaning of these affirmations. Master Dogen, however, saw the great significance of these affirmations in Buddhist philosophy. In this chapter he explained the meaning of affirmation and taught us why Buddhist sutras so often described affirmations of attaining the truth.