The White Heron: 9 talks on Shobogenzo Raihai Tokuzui

by Shohaku Okumura

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    Over fifteen hours of teaching by Shohaku Okumura on the Raihai Tokuzui chapter of Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo. This kind of in-depth analysis of the text and its applicability to our daily life and practice is not available anywhere else. Includes PDF with an interlinear translation of Shobogenzo Raihai Tokuzui and liner notes. When the commentary is directly related to the text of Shobogenzo Raihai Tokuzui, the paragraph number has been indicated in the track notation.
    Recorded during a Genzo-e retreat May 3rd-7th 2012 at Sanshinji in Bloomington, IN. During a five day Genzo-e Retreat at Sanshinji, Okumura Roshi gives two lectures per day, each approximately 90 minutes in length. These lectures have been minimally edited and divided by topic for ease of listening. These talks were given using Stanley Weinstein's English translation, copyright Sotoshu.

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In 1996, Shohaku Okumura Roshi founded Sanshin Zen Community in order to form and strengthen the network of various Zen groups and individual practitioners who are interested in his style of teaching and practice. At that time he also envisioned the establishment of a center where the teachings of Dogen Zenji could be studied deeply and put into practice. This vision became a reality in 2003 when Sanshiji, Sanshin Zen Community’s practice center, was established in Bloomington.

Sanshin Zen Community’s Genzo-e (literally, “Shobogenzo gathering”) Retreat is an important element in Okumura Roshi’s ongoing endeavor to present the profound and often difficult teachings of Dogen Zenji in a way that is accessible to English speakers. During these retreats, Okumura Roshi lectures extensively on one or more chapters of Dogen Zenji’s great foundational philosophical work, Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye Treasury). His lectures present insights received through years of study of this ancient text and a life devoted to the practice of its teachings. The Genzo-e lectures are a truly unique offering, opening doors to the teachings of one of the most important masters in the history of Japanese Buddhism.

This publication of Genzo-e lectures is one step in the effort to make Okumura Roshi’s work available through the Dogen Institute, a part of the Sanshin Zen Community. Many people have generously contributed their time and energy to this project and with continued support and interest, we hope the audio project will flourish and evolve to help many people’s study of Dogen Zenji.

For information on how you can participate with the audio project or get involved at Sanshin Zen Community visit: www.dogeninstitute.org, www.sanshinji.org or email admin@sanshinji.org.

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released August 22, 2016

Shohaku Okumura is a Zen Buddhist priest who is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the teachings of the great Japanese Zen master Eihei Dogen. He travels widely offering retreats and lecturing on Dogen Zenji’s teachings. Okumura Roshi has translated many Buddhist teachings from Japanese, and his writings have appeared in various Buddhist periodicals. He is also the founder of Sanshin Zen Community, an international Buddhist Sangha headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana.

While he was a student at Komazawa University in Tokyo, Okumura Roshi was ordained by Kosho Uchyama Roshi in 1970 at Antaiji in Kyoto, Japan. In 1975 he traveled to the United States where he became a founding member of Pioneer Valley Zendo in Charlemont, Massachusetts. In 1981 he returned to Japan where he began his ongoing translation of the works of Dogen Zenji and Uchiyama Roshi, and he eventually served as teacher at the Kyoto Soto Zen Center. After returning to the United States with his wife and two children in 1993, he practiced as the head teacher of Minnesota Zen Center until 1996. After leaving MZMC, he founded Sanshin Zen Community in the same year. He worked for the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center (formerly the Soto Zen Education Center) as the director from 1997 to 2010. Okumura Roshi and his family now reside in Bloomington, Indiana.

Cover photo copyright Stuart Price, hakodatebirding.com. We express our appreciation to Mr. Price for his generosity.

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Track Name: Lecture One – 4 [The original source of the expression raihai tokuzui]
Track 4 – [The original source of the expression raihai tokuzui]
Track Name: Lecture One – 5 [The meaning of katto in Dogen's writings; Excerpts from Shobogenzo: Katto]
Track 5 – [The meaning of katto in Dogen's writings; Reading excerpts from Shobogenzo: Katto]
Track Name: Lecture One – 6 [Excerpts from Shobogenzo: Katto; The story of dharma-transmission from Bodhidharma to the Second Ancestor Huiko; Further about the first disciple Daofu]
[Excerpts from Shobogenzo: Katto; The story of dharma-transmission from Bodhidharma to the Second Ancestor Huiko; Further about the first disciple Daofu]
Track Name: Lecture One – 7 [Excerpts from Shobogenzo: Katto; Further about the other three disciples, Zongchi, Daoyu and Huiko]
[Excerpts from Shobogenzo: Katto; Further about the other three disciples, Zongchi, Daoyu and Huiko]
Track Name: Lecture One – 9 [Other examples of koan stories, that conclude with the Dharma being transmitted in silence]
[Other examples of koan stories, that conclude with the Dharma being transmitted in silence]
Track Name: Lecture One – 10 [The story of Vimalakirti's silence in Vimalakirti Sutra, which is the original source of dharma-transmission in silence]
[The story of Vimalakirti's silence in Vimalakirti Sutra, which is the original source of dharma-transmission in silence]
Track Name: Lecture One – 12 [Questions and Comments on Lecture One]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture One]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 2 [Prostration (raihai) as a way of maintaining and upholding Dharma within different personal views, through the generations]
[Prostration (raihai) as a way of maintaining and upholding Dharma within different personal views, through the generations]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 3 [Dogen's expression of prostration (raihai) in a waka poem about white heron in snow]
[Dogen's expression of prostration (raihai) in a waka poem about white heron in snow]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 4 [Further on how Dogen's waka on the white heron expresses prostration]
[Further explaining how Dogen's waka on the white heron expresses prostration]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 6 [The necessity of having a true teacher; An example from Gakudo Yojinshu]
[The necessity of having a true teacher; An example from Gakudo Yojinshu]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 7 [The teacher & student relationship in America and in Japan]
[The teacher & student relationship in America and in Japan]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 8 [RT p1 continued; The meaning of the expression "person of great resolve" (daijobu) and "just such a person" (inmonin); Reading from Shobogenzo: Inmo]
[RT p1 continued; The meaning of the expression "person of great resolve" (daijobu) and "just such a person" (inmonin); Reading from Shobogenzo: Inmo]
Track Name: Lecture Two – 9 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Two]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Two]
Track Name: Lecture Three – 2 [RT p1 (1st sentence) – From Shobogenzo Hotsubodaishin, explaining "awakening mind" (hosshin; hotsubodaishin); The four bodhisattva vows]
[RT p1 (1st sentence) – Reading from Shobogenzo Hotsubodaishin, explaining "awakening mind" (hosshin; hotsubodaishin); The four bodhisattva vows]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 1[RT p3 – The importance of faith/trust in mind (shinjin); discussing the expression "fleeing the world"]
[RT p3 – The importance of faith/trust in mind (shinjin); discussing the expression "fleeing the world"]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 2 [RT p4 – Making body and mind the seat of the zendo platform (shozaıı); Reading from the Lotus Sutra chapter 12: Devadatta]
[RT p4 – Making body and mind the seat of the zendo platform (shozaıı); Reading from the Lotus Sutra chapter 12: Devatta]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 3 [RT p4 – The expressions "exposed pillar" and "lantern"; The expression "demon or god" (ki & jin)]
[RT p4 – The expressions "exposed pillar" and "lantern"; The expression "demon or god" (ki & jin)]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 4 [RT p5 – Reading from Brahmanet Sutra (Bonmokyo), on how to show respect to masters, monks and fellow practicioners.]
[RT p5 – Reading from Brahmanet Sutra (Bonmokyo), on how to show respect to masters, monks and fellow practicioners.]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 5 [RT p6 – On venerating not only people, but trees and rocks; The story of the snow-mountain boy and the monster, from Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra]
[RT p6 – On venerating not only people, but trees and rocks; The story of the snow-mountain boy and the monster, from Mahayana Parinirvana Sutra]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 6 [RT p6 – Back to Raihai Tokuzui; The story of the fox and the hungry lion]
[RT p6 – Back to Raihai Tokuzui; The story of the fox and the hungry lion]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 7 [RT p6 – The story of the scorpion and Indra, from Milky Way Railroad by Miyazawa Kenji]
[RT p6 – The story of the scorpion and Indra, from Milky Way Railroad by Miyazawa Kenji]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 8 [RT p6 – The latter half of the story of fox and Indra; A few questions and comments on the story, from students]
[RT p6 – The latter half of the story of fox and Indra; A few questions and comments on the story, from students]
Track Name: Lecture Four – 9 [Question and comments on Lecture Four]
[Question and comments on Lecture Four]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 1 [RT p7 – The mistaken view of not making prostration to people of "lower" status, even if they have attained the Dharma]
[RT p7 – The mistaken view of not making prostration to people of „lower“ status, even if they have attained the Dharma]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 2 [RT p8 – Introducing the dharma family of Zhaozhou (Joshu), Zhixian (Shikan), Moshan (Massan) and Miaoxin (Myoshin); Praising Joshu's attitude of making prostrations to a 7 year old]
[RT p8 – Introducing the dharma family of Zhaozhou (Joshu), Zhixian (Shikan), Moshan (Massan) and Miaoxin (Myoshin); Praising Joshu's attitude of making prostrations to a 7 year old]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 3 [RT p9-p10 – Introducing the story of the nun Moshan (j. Massan) and Zhixian (j. Shikan)]
[RT p9-p10 – Introducing the story of the nun Moshan (j. Massan) and Zhixian (j. Shikan)]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 4 [RT p10 – The relation of Moshan (Massan), Zhixian (Shikan), Dayu (Daigu) and Linji (Rinzai), in terms of lineage; The story of how Linji (j. Rinzai) attained enlightenment]
[RT p10 – The relation of Moshan (Massan), Zhixian (Shikan), Dayu (Daigu) and Linji (Rinzai), in terms of lineage; The story of how Linji (j. Rinzai) attained enlightenment]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 5 [RT p10 – The older version of the story of Linji's (Rinzai's) enlightenment from the 952 collection Sodoshu]
[RT p10 – The older version of the story of Linji's (Rinzai's) enlightenment from the 952 collection Sodoshu 祖堂集]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 6 [RT p10 – Back to Raihai Tokuzui and the conversation between Zhixian (Shikan) and the nun Moshan (Massan)]
[RT p10 – Back to Raihai Tokuzui and the conversation between Zhixian (Shikan) and the nun Moshan (Massan)]
Track Name: Lecture Five – 7 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Five]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Five]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 1 [RT p12 – The koan conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan); Explaining the concept "person in the mountains" (sanchunin)]
[RT p12 – The koan conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan); Explaining the concept "person in the mountains" (sanchunin)]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 2 [RT pt12 – Su Shi's (Tungpo's) poems on Mount Lu; Dogen's verse on Su Shi's poem in Eihei Koroku]
[RT pt12 – Su Shi's (Tungpo's) poems on Mount Lu; Dogen's verse on Su Shi's poem in Eihei Koroku]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 3 [RT p12 – Hongzhi's (Wanshi's) poem on Mount Lu, and Dogen's comments on the same poem]
[RT p12 – Hongzhi's (Wanshi's) poem on Mount Lu, and Dogen's comments on the same poem]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 4 [RT p12 – Dogen's own poem following Hongzhi's (Wanshi's) poem]
[RT p12 – Dogen's own poem following Hongzhi's (Wanshi's) poem]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 5 [RT p12 – Back to Raihai Tokuzui, the conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan); How Dogen uses the expression "person in the mountain" (sanchunin)]
[RT p12 – Back to Raihai Tokuzui, the conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan); How Dogen uses the expression "person in the mountain" (sanchunin)]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 6 [RT p12 – The source of the expression "not in the form of man or a woman" (hi danmyo toso) in Vimalakirti Sutra; The teaching that compassion relies on emptiness]
[RT p12 – The source of the expression "not in the form of man or a woman" (hi danmyo toso) in Vimalakirti Sutra; The teaching that compassion relies on emptiness]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 7 [RT p12 – More from Vimalakirti sutra, chapter 7; The story of Shariputra and the goddess]
[RT p12 – More from Vimalakirti sutra, chapter 7; The story of Shariputra and the goddess]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 8 [RT p12 – The conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan) and its connection with Heart Sutra's teaching of form and emptiness; Emptiness in the form of Shohaku Okumura]
[RT p12 – The conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan) and its connection with Heart Sutra's teaching of form and emptiness; Emptiness in the form of Shohaku Okumura]
Track Name: Lecture Six – 9 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Six]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Six]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 1 [RT p14 – Dogen's comments on the conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan)]
[RT p14 – Dogen's comments on the conversation between Moshan (Massan) and Zhixian (Shikan)]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 2 [RT p15 – The story of the female Zen master Miaoxin (j. Moshin)]
[RT p15 – The story of the female Zen master Miaoxin (j. Moshin)]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 3 [RT p16-p17 – Seventeen monks accept Miaoxin's (Moshin's) teaching; Two koans about wind and flag in Shobogenzo: Inmo]
[RT p16-p17 – Seventeen monks accept Miaoxin's (Moshin's) teaching; Two koans about wind and flag in Shobogenzo: Inmo]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 4 [RT p16-p17 – Reading from Shobogenzo: Inmo; Dogen's comments on the wind-and-flag koan]
[RT p16-p17 – Reading from Shobogenzo: Inmo; Dogen's comments on the wind-and-flag koan]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 5 [RT p17-p18 – The interpretation of the wind and banner koan in Mumonkan (Gateless Gate); Conclusion of the story about Miaoxin (Moshin) and the seventeen monks]
[RT p17-p18 – The interpretation of the wind and banner koan in Mumonkan (Gateless Gate); Conclusion of the story about Miaoxin (Moshin) and the seventeen monks]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 6 [RT p19-p22 – Dogen's gives examples of gender discrimination within the Buddhist institution in China and Japan]
[RT p19-p22 – Dogen's gives examples of gender discrimination within the Buddhist institution in China and Japan]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 7 [RT p22 cont. – "What is so exalted about a man?"; On the equal capacity for men and women to acquire the Dharma]
[RT p22 cont. – "What is so exalted about a man?"; On the equal capacity for men and women to acquire the Dharma]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 8 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Seven – part 1]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Seven – part 1]
Track Name: Lecture Seven – 9 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Seven – part 2]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Seven – part 2]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 1 [RT p23-p24 – On making prostrations to lay practicioners who have attained the Dharma]
[RT p23-p24 – On making prostrations to lay practicioners who have attained the Dharma]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 2 [RT p25 – Making prostrations to a 7 year old, if she has the Dharma; The story from The Lotus Sutra about the daughter of the Dragon King]
[RT p25 – Making prostrations to a 7 year old, if she has the Dharma; The story from The Lotus Sutra about the daughter of the Dragon King]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 3 [RT p25 – Discriminative nature of Buddhism; Dogen is not completely free from gender discrimination]
[RT p25 – Discriminative nature of Buddhism; Dogen is not completely free from gender discrimination]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 4 [RT p25 – The first half of Raihai Tokuzui ends; Discussing how the Sohobogenzo was transmitted]
[RT p25 – The first half of Raihai Tokuzui ends; Discussing how the Sohobogenzo was transmitted]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 5 [RT p26 – Women in the assembly of Shakyamuni, and in the history of Buddhism in general]
[RT p26 – Women in the assembly of Shakyamuni, and in the history of Buddhism in general]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 6 [RT p28-p29 – Male monks who make prostrations to noble women for the sake of wealth; The hierarchy within the Buddhist institution at the time of Dogen]
[RT p28-p29 – Male monks who make prostrations to noble women for the sake of wealth; The hierarchy within the Buddhist institution at the time of Dogen]
Track Name: Lecture Eight – 7 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Eight]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Eight]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 1 [RT p30 – Dogen's comments on the view that women are lustful objects]
[RT p30 – Dogen's comments on the view that women are lustful objects]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 2 [RT p31-p33 – Dogen's comments on a Vinaya vow; If we despise objects of desire, all men and women have to despise one another]
[RT p31-p33 – Dogen's comments on a Vinaya vow; If we despise objects of desire, all men and women have to despise one another]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 3 [RT p34 – Dogen's criticism of a certain vow regarding women, that Chinese monks made in the 8th-9th century]
[RT p34 – Dogen's criticism of a certain vow regarding women, that Chinese monks made in the 8th-9th century]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 4 [RT p35 – Despising people who make mistakes is despising all bodhisattvas, forsaking everyone]
[RT p35 – Despising people who make mistakes is despising all bodhisattvas, forsaking everyone]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 5 [RT p36-p37 – The story of the old woman, Zen Master Deshan (Tokusan) and the rice cake; Not escaping objects of desire]
[RT p36-p37 – The story of the old woman, Zen Master Deshan (Tokusan) and the rice cake; Not escaping objects of desire]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 6 [RT p38 – Dogen criticizes the so-called "restricted realms" (kekkai) where women are not allowed]
[RT p38 – Dogen's criticizm of "restricted realms" (kekkai) where women are not allowed]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 7 [RT p39-p42 – Dogen points out that women are included in Sakyamuni Buddha's assembly; A territory with exclusion cannot be the Buddha's assembly]
[RT p39-p42 – Dogen points out that women are included in Sakyamuni Buddha's assembly; A territory with exclusion cannot be the Buddha's assembly]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 8 [RT p43-p44 – Dogen questions why women priests aren't allowed at Mt Hiei while woodcutters and hunters are]
[RT p43-p44 – Dogen questions why women priests aren't allowed at Mt Hiei while woodcutters and hunters are]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 9 [RT p45-47 – Dogen explains he true meaning of "restricted realm" (kekkai) ]
[RT p45-47 – Dogen explains he true meaning of "restricted realm" (kekkai) ]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 10 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Nine – part 1]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Nine – part 1]
Track Name: Lecture Nine – 11 [Questions and Comments on Lecture Nine – part 2]
[Questions and Comments on Lecture Nine – part 2]