Nirvana, the Waterfall
File Name: 65-08-19
Thursday, August 19, 1965
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, p. 92
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If you go to Japan and visit Eiheiji monastery -- before you enter the monastery you will see the small bridge called Hanshakukyo. “Hanshakukyo” means half dipper bridge. Half dipper bridge. Whenever Dogen Zenji used (dipped) water from the river, after he used half of it he returned the water to the river again without throwing it away. That is why we call that bridge Hanshakukyo -- Half dipper bridge.
In Eiheiji monastery when we wash our face we do not fill the basin. We just use 70% of the basin ... Read Transcript (this version is updated and corrected at times. Any other transcripts below are not).