Everything is Teaching Us

Zen master Dogen-ji’s Mountains and Waters Sutra is full of beautiful poetic metaphors portraying the depth of the Mountains and Waters of the immediate present as the ancient way of all Buddhas.  The Sutra encapsulates, the teachings of emptiness and form.  The short-hand formula for insight and practice is; “First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain and then there is a mountain again which co-arises with the understanding of no mountain at all.   Seeing beyond the separate self we see into the true nature of reality. 

This teisho was given By Subhana Barzaghi roshi at Autumn sesshin 2023 at Kodoji