Thursday, 16 April 2015

"Time Being" Sutra - Dogen (trans. by Gary Snyder)

"Time Being" Sutra - Dogen (trans. by Gary Snyder)

Published on Apr 16, 2015
This audio excerpt is not mine; I do not own any of the intellectual or audio property contained herein. For educational purposes only.

This video is a transcript of Gary Snyder's own hard work on translating the 11th century Zen Master Dogen's poetic, sublime and psychedelic works from his "Shobogenzo." This particular section dubbed the "Time being sutra" is a great mind-expanding piece on time and its nature, as well as man who must live through it. In my opinion, Dogen keeps a wonderfully tenacious hold on the concept of the amorphous reality of the Self and the Soul, which he describes as inconstant and forever in flux. To Dogen, there is no lasting self; he bravely upholds the dissolving egoless-ness which the true psychedelic Buddhist tradition has always upheld.

Gary Snyder is a respected artist and poet from the sixties, a much loved arbiter of ecological consciousness in the West and a fascinating player in the 60's and 70's psychedelic era. He was featured as a main character in Jack Kerouac's classic novel "The Dharma Bums."

Dōgen Zenji was a Japanese Zen Buddhist teacher born in Kyōto. He founded the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan after travelling to China and training. Dōgen is known for his extensive writing including the Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma or Shōbōgenzō, a collection of ninety-five fascicles concerning Buddhist practice and enlightenment.

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