Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Dogen - Enlightened Mind "After" This Intention Arises

If the intention to realize enlightenment has not yet arisen, strive on, strive on! As Dogen says:
This Mind is not ours, or someone else’s, or something that comes to us, yet after this intention arises, whenever we raise aloft the Great Earth, everything turns into gold, and whenever we sprinkle the waters of the Great Ocean, they immediately turn into the sweet dew. After that, whenever we lay hold of soil or rocks, sand or pebbles, we make use of this enlightened Mind, and whenever we explore the gushing forth of water and the blazing up of fire, we are personally shouldering the enlightened Mind.
Shobogenzo, Hotsu Bodai Shin, Hubert Nearman

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