Prithvi
Citation from COMMENTARY on Dogen Zenji's
BENDOWA (辨道話): A Talk on Wholehearted Practice of the Way
by Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Dogen Zen and Its Relevance for Our Time
(Dogen translation by Shohaku Okumura)
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[DOGEN] wrote: "To spread this dharma and to free living beings 
became my vow."
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Zenkei Blanche Hartman comments: 
"These two themes are clear in 'Bendowa': complete faith and devotion to
zazen as well as spreading this dharma. [Dogen's] lifelong practice became a vow
to make zazen available to everyone who wanted to practice and to make known
to people the value or joy of zazen. He totally devoted his life to teaching and
to spreading appreciation for zazen as immovable upright sitting and for zazen
as a gate to how to live our life with whole-hearted engagement to body and
mind in everything we do. It is a true gate to genjo-koan – a true gate to
manifesting our life fully in each moment [...] Dogen wrote:
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"When one displays the buddha mudra with one's whole body and mind  
sitting upright in this samadhi even for a short time, in the entire dharma
world becomes buddha-mudra, everything and all space in the universe
completely becomes enlightenment. Therefore it enables buddha-tathagatas
to increase the dharma joy of their own original grounds and renew the
adornment of the way of awakening. Simultaneously, all living beings of the
dharma world in the ten directions and six realms become clear and pure in body
and mind, realize great emancipation and their own original face appears. At
that time, all things together awaken to supreme enlightenment and utilize the
buddha-body, immediately go beyond the culmination of awakening, and sit
upright under the kingly bodhi tree. At the same time, they turn the
incomparable great dharma wheel, and begin expressing ultimate and
unfabricated, profound prajna."
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Blanche Hartman continues:  
"This is Bendowa, the work I referred to as a love letter to zazen."
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