Time, Seasons, and Lineage

Genko Rainwater
This Sunday we celebrate the Two Ancestors Memorial, honoring Eihei Dogen and Keizan Jokin. As part of that, we chant the “Life Span Chapter” of the Lotus Sutra, which describes the Buddha enlightened since the remote past, or the eternal Buddha. As the seasons change, time passes, people are born, sicken, and die, and yet … To what extent do our ancestors continue to teach us? To what extent are we all eternal Buddhas? What does that mean? On Sunday Genko wrestles with some of these questions.

This talk was given Sunday, September 24.