Fukanzazengi. (Principles of Seated Meditation) by Dogen Zen]i, translated by Carl Bielefeld. FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING, the basis of the way is perfectly. Fukanzazengi is Dôgen’s first work. It was written in , the year he returned from China. It is influenced by and in many ways resembles a number of similar. Fukanzazengi. Muho. A Universal Recommendation of Zazen. The Way is originally perfect and all-pervading. What need is there for practice and realization?.

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It is to turn the direction of the light inside to illuminate ourselves for reflection.

Zazen is never any idea that the method is to practice Zazen, and the aim is to get Enlightenment. Straighten your body and sit upright, leaning neither left nor right, neither forward nor backward. Look at the Buddha: We can hear the echo of Bodhidharma’s transmission and his nine years of sitting — just by listening deeply to life.

Fukan zazengi – Wikipedia

Covering over the feet and the thighs with wearing clothes, and it is necessary for us to make them orderly and fukaznazengi. Press on in the way that points directly to the Mind. Our bodies are like dew on the grass, and our lives like a flash of lightning, vanishing in a moment. Although it is said that there are as many minds as there are people, all of them must negotiate the Way solely in zazen.


Let the ears be in line with the shoulders and the nose in line with the navel. It might be perhaps a dignifided form, which transcends verbal expressions and external form. This zazen is not learning concentrated meditation.


Body and mind of themselves will drop away, and your original face will be manifest. How could [this] be connected with sitting or lying down?

Never separate, it is always right where you are, so what is the use of practising this and that?

Align your ears with your shoulders and your nose with your navel. Living by Zen is not separated from daily life. In another words, when we practice Zazen every fuaknzazengi, and when we are keeping our autonomic nervous system balanced, it is just the time when we are enlightened.

In our world and others, in both India and China, all equally hold the buddha-seal. Also, be aware of how the jaws close, let them close with jaw-muscles relaxed. We are maintaining fukanzszengi relying upon the pivotal essence which is the Buddha’s truth: Thus sit upright in correct bodily posture, neither inclining to the left nor to the right, neither leaning forward nor backward. It was due to Master Dogen’s great concern about the fact that he couldn’t get the so-called enlightenment, that he visited China.

Gain accord with the enlightenment of the Buddhas. You have already obtained the vital functions fukanzaaengi man’s body. Put all of yourself into this Way which directly presents your own nature.

Let lips and teeth close, with the tongue held against the palate behind the top teeth. It is just the fusion of practice and experience to realize the truth perfectly.

Fukanzazengi by Eihei Dogen – Unabridged english translation

If we rise from sitting, we should move the rukanzazengi slowly, and stand up calmly. Throwing away all circumstances, and stopping all of our jobs for a little while, we should never have any consideration of good and bad, and we should never have any interest in the true or the false.


Therefore Master Dogen entreated to all Buddhists through the world whole-heartedly that, “Because of having been accustomed to the artificial images of dragons for a long time, you do not doubt the truly real dragon, that is, Zazen. Once its heart is grasped, you are like the dragon when he reaches the water, like the tiger when he enters the mountain.


We can interpret that Master Dogen clearly recognizes that Buddhism is never idealistic philosophy, and so he clearly notices that the idealistic efforts in Fukanzszengi Buddhism can never be Buddhism.

We can still hear rumors of the transmitter of the mind-seal at Fukanzazehgi, spending nine years facing the wall. We should never prefer between a clever person or a foolish person.

Sometimes it is clearly this, our original countenance; it is this, as it is. Align your ears with your shoulders and your nose with your navel. There are two different editions of Fukan-Zazen-Gi.

You should therefore cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words and following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your light inward to illuminate your self. And how about the transformations of state upon the lifting of a finger, a pole, a needle, a hammer?

Need I mention the Buddha, who was possessed of inborn knowledge? We realize what is already happening through the practice of not doing anything else. I take refuge in the Truth.