Green Tea
CITATION from Dogen Zenji's
KAJO (家常), EVERYDAY ACTIVITY
from MOON IN A DEW DROP, ed. by Kazuaki Tanahashi,
with COMMENTARY by Deane Curtin
from "Dogen, Deep Ecology and the Ecological Self"
Environmental Ethics, Vol. 16, No. 2, Summer 1994
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[In the Kajo, Dogen Zenji says:] 
In the domain of buddha ancestors, drinking tea and eating rice is everyday activity. This having tea and rice has been transmitted over many years and is present right now. Thus the buddha ancestor's vital activity of having tea and rice comes to us... From this you should clearly understand that the thoughts and words of buddha ancestors are their everyday tea and rice. Ordinary coarse tea and plain rice are buddha's thoughts — ancestor's words. Because buddha ancestors prepare tea and rice, tea and rice maintain buddha ancestors. Accordingly, they need no powers other than this tea and rice, and they have no need to use powers as buddha ancestors.
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[Citation from Commentary by Deane Curtin] 
 [One of the ways] in which Dogen coincides with ecofeminist interests is that his radical nondualism leads him to provide a sympathetic account — rare in all the world's philosophical literature — of ordinary, daily practices. It is not accidental that these practices are expected of women in Japan and elsewhere. [...]

Dogen was not a feminist. Early in his career, nevertheless, he was forceful in advocating the view that women and men are equally capable of enlightenment. It is possible he realized that the kinds of ordinary activities through which enlightenment can come — and about which Dogen wrote in minute detail — are just those sorts of activities that are typically regarded as "women's work."
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