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Zen & Karma: Teachings of Roshi Taisen Deshimaru Paperback – June 1, 2016
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Taisen Deshimaru Roshi, born in Japan in 1914 of an old Samurai family, was a close disciple of the famous Zen master Kodo Sawaki. He took it as his life’s mission to transmit the authentic teaching of Zen Buddhism to the West. Based in Paris since 1967, Taisen Deshimaru taught Zen for 15 years all over Europe. At the time of his death in 1982, he had published 15 books in various languages and gathered a following of many thousands from all over the world, including some of the most sophisticated minds of the West. Taisen Deshimaru never taught clerical ritualized Buddhism.
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When the macrocosm and the microcosm harmonize within the body, and particularly within the brain, we can obtain the great energy of the macrocosm. At this moment, here in this Dojo, the energy of the macrocosm is entering into the microcosm. Through zazen we can obtain this energy, which is not simply strength―it is the energy of the infinite. This energy of which I speak is a force both spiritual and material. It has the power both of harmony and of destruction. The cosmos in itself includes these two opposite and contradictory forces.
The first sesshin is now beginning, and surely in these next two days you will be capable of obtaining this cosmic power. Especially here in this Dojo, with the beautiful mountains and the sound of the flowing river.
Master Dogen said that the color of the mountain, the sound of the valley⎯all this, everything⎯is the voice and the posture of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Sotoba, a famous Bodhisattva and a great writer of old China, got Satori through the Keishei-sanshoku. Kei means the valley, shei is the sound, and sanshoku is the color of the mountain. The sound of the valley is giving a great conference. The color of the mountain is the true, purified body. From midnight to sunrise I hear 84,000 sutra-poems. How can I explain this to others? How can I explain such a religious impression?
Val d'Isére means the river in the valley. A good name for zazen.
We must understand that from within the relationship between the fundamental cosmic power and one's personal, subjective existence arises the fundamental source of karma.
Fundamental cosmic power has no beginning and no end. It is beyond time and space. It does not have to do with personal choice, for this power directs man from the outside. Even if we imagine that we are completely free, thanks to our own willpower, this is not so. We can never separate ourselves from the cosmic system. Willpower itself is realized from within this fundamental cosmic power.
We are at times directed by the frontal brain-and this is self-will, self-thinking. At other times we are directed by the fundamental cosmic power. When our will is opposed to the cosmic power, we become attached to our own personal bonnos. At such times our body-action, our body-karma, as well as our personal consciousness, arises, and so we become governed by our personal willpower, by our inner bonnos. In Buddhism this js called Mana-consciousness.
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