Shobogenzo Zuimonki

Book 5


One day Ejo asked, “What should we practice diligently in the monastery?”

Dogen instructed,

Shikantaza (Just sitting)! Whether you are upstairs or under a lofty building sit in samadhi 1. Without engaging in idle talk, be like one who is deaf and dumb; always devote yourself to sitting alone.”

  1. Literally, the Japanese expression rojo kakka means the upstairs or downstairs in a large building, though in this expression, Dogen means sit samadhi wherever you are.