rivers into islands

rivers into islands

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fundamental Point

To study the buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things.
To be actualized by the myriad things, your body and mind
            as well as the body and mind of others drop away.
No trace of realization remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.

When you first seek dharma, you imagine you are far from its environs.
But dharma is already correctly transmuted; you are immediately your original self.
            Dogen, “Genjo Koan,” Sections 4 & 5, [translation from Moon In A Dewdrop]

Reaching this point, when you observe closely, even if you use a thousand eyes you do not find a particle of anything that can be called skin, flesh, bones or marrow; there is nothing to divide into mind, cognition, and consciousness…. Therefore it has been said, “When you see, there is not a single thing.”
            Keizan, Transmission Of Light

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