Mar 19, 2022
Martin Goodson

Dogen’s Falling Flowers

The Gateway Talks

What does liberation really mean for Buddhists? Master Dogen says, ‘The flower petals fall though we love them, the weeds grow though we hate them - that is just how it is.’ (Dogen).

Master Dogen said: ‘The flower petals fall though we love them, the weeds grow though we hate them - that is just how it is.’

(Wisdom of the Zen Masters by Irmgard Schloegl)

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In this podcast:

  • The difference in meaning between the Buddha’s liberation and political liberation & freedom.

  • The link between picking & choosing and attachment to self and between self & fear

  • How attachment to self is attachment to restriction of movement and to life.

  • The paradox of the practice of restraint leading to freedom from the restriction of self.

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