November 18th, 2019

Eight Awakenings of Great Beings

All buddhas are great beings. What great beings practice is called the eight awakenings. Practicing these awakenings is the basis for nirvana. This is the last teaching of our original teacher Shakymuni Buddha, which he gave on the night he entered pari-nirvana.

The first awakening is to have few desires. To refrain from widely coveting the objects of the five sense desires is called “few desires.”

Dogen (1200-1253)