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I have a question concerning Dogens Shobogenzo which I am reading these days. Dogen oftenly speaks in a very degrading way about humans not living and practicing in a right way i.e. Dogen is talking in a very very degrading way about lay people compared to monks which he considers the only true way of realisation. To be honest the degrading way he is speaking about people seems not very compassionate to me. Maybe Roshi can say something helpful.

This is not about ordained or lay life. Dogen Zenji is teaching the Dharma which is only about realizing the truth for oneself. Thus it is natural that he would sharply criticize anyone, whether ordained or not, who is going against his teaching.

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