Lectures and Articles by Nishijima Roshi
Zazen, a Better Way of Experiencing Pain
In November 2002 Nishijima Roshi attended a conference in Montpellier, France, that discussed the theme "Has Pain a Meaning." In his talk at the conference, Nishijima Roshi outlined his ideas on the meaning of pain from the Buddhist viewpoint.
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Buddhism & The Autonomic Nervous System
This short talk was given by Nishijima Roshi to a group of Buddhists and Christians who practice Zazen, at a retreat in Brussels in November 2002. In his talk, Nishijima Roshi outlines his idea about how our autonomic nervous system becomes balanced when we practice Zazen, enabling us to experience the state of Buddhas.
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Buddhism & Action
This small booklet is a translation of three talks given by Nishijima Roshi on NHK Radio in December 1994. The talks are titled: Buddhism & Action, Action & Daily Life, and Buddhism & Zazen.
Three Philosophies & One Reality
The Basic Philosophy of Buddhism
This booklet is an edited collection of seven talks given on Buddhism by Master Nishijima to the weekly seminar he has held in Tokyo for the last 16 years. Master Nishijima bases his explanations of Buddhist theory on the Shobogenzo, the central work of the Buddhist priest and philosopher known as Master Dogen. Though a brilliant and original thinker adept with words and the complexities of Buddhist logic, Master Dogen never lost sight of the gulf that separates ideas and reality. He found the true foundation of Buddhist life, not in theories but in the simple sitting practice called Zazen. His thought is thus entirely practical and realistic, and his insight remains as fresh and pertinent today as it was seven hundred years ago.
The Buddhist Precepts
The precepts are not
theoretical or romantic. They are very concrete and practical. In this they
reflect the fundamental character of the Buddhist religion. Buddhism is a
practical religion. It is concerned with finding the right way to live. To live
correctly is not so easy.
Understanding The Shobogenzo
Most people's reaction on first reading the Shobogenzo is that it seems very difficult to see clearly what the writings mean. This is a natural reaction because when we read a sentence, we usually expect to be able to understand the meaning of what we read immediately. The first time that I picked up a copy of the Shobogenzo, I found that I could not understand any of it, although I was reading a book written in my own native language. Of course, reading the Shobogenzo in translation introduces a new set of problems related to the skill and knowledge of the translator, and to the similarities of the languages.
Attempts to elucidate the problems that the Shobogenzo presents to the reader bring me to four main reasons:
Japanese Buddhism & The Meiji Restoration
This paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Francisco in November 1997.