Sanshin Zen Community's Podcast
Sanshin Zen Community's Podcast
Sanshin Zen Community
Tenzo Kyokun 5 - Receiving our life
1 hour 25 minutes Posted Sep 30, 2015 at 3:00 am.
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This talk continues Shohaku Okumura Roshi’s commentary on Dogen Zenji’s Tenzo Kyokun – Instructions for the Zen Cook. (p. 36).
Okumura Roshi speaks about the tenzo’s attitude toward his work in the kitchen: the importance of not judging the quality of the ingredients that are provided. Just prepare them carefully, paying attention to the three important things in cooking: quality, quantity, and timing.
The tenzo’s life is at the intersection between discrimination and non-discriminating. He receives the food with no judgment and then makes determinations about the best way to use it. This is mind (as subject) and things (as object) working together as zenki – total function.
This talk was originally given at Sanshinji in Bloomington, IN on September 9, 2007.
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