Rice Eyes: Enlightenment in Dogen's Kitchen by Tai Sheridan, Ph.D.
Approx. 2,200 words.
Published on February 22, 2011.
A poetic presentation of Dogen's essay Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions to the Cook, by Poet-Philosopher and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan. 'Rice Eyes' is a metaphor for the non-dual world, the essential Buddhist experience of oneness. Dogen uses the role of Tenzo, or head cook, to demonstrate how to live, work, and experience a spiritual life that brings benefit to everyone.