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December 19, 2011

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Sansiddhah, It depends what you read. In Dogen's Eihei koroku we are told "the true dharma correctly transmitted by the Buddhas and Patriarchs is nothing but sitting (taza)" (trans. Carl Bielefeldt).

The idea of "dropping off body and mind" is meant in the context of "drop off body and mind and just sit." This is frankly unbuddhist.

Just a sidenote ... Dogen/s instructions on sitting in fukanzazengi directly states it has naught to do with physical posture, and that what should be done is attaining "HISHIRYO". This by "dropping off body-and-mind" - very few people are stupid enough to believe that a physical posture can make a Buddha.

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