May 13, 2013

Second Week of Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara's Retreat: To Forget the Self

In the second week of Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara's retreat, "To Forget the Self," she expounds on the second slogan of Zen Master Dogen from the Genjokoan: To study the self is to forget the self.

To forget the self, Enkyo Roshi says, is to forget the idea of the self: its story and its inclination toward avoiding and clinging to various phenomena. We forget the self when we shift our attention to the present, to the constantly shifting flow of moment-to-moment reality. In that presence, when our internal monologue drops away, we forget the self and are free to feel the flow of life around us.


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phdumpling's picture

As I listened to your talk today on forgetting the self I found you were able to break it down into a concept that I am aware of . I think I hav always thought that forgetting the self was void of anything. I am taking care of my elderly parents and there hav been many moments when I hav had that experienced of being totally with them . At those time there is such an openness and so much energy . This has helped me with letting go of grasping for something that does not exist and opening my eyes to what is in front of me. Thank you Roshi

Emma Varvaloucas's picture

Hi phdumpling,
I just wanted to make sure that you knew that this post is just the retreat preview. You can find the whole dharma talk here:
Thank you for sharing your experiences!
Best wishes,
Emma V.