Mountains and Rivers

Mountains and Rivers

Mountains and waters right now are the actualization of the ancient Buddha way. Each, abiding in its phenomenal expression, realizes completeness. Because mountains and waters have been active since before the Empty Eon, they are alive at this moment. Because they have been the self since before form arose they are emancipation realization.

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Because mountains are high and broad, the way of riding the clouds is always reached in the mountains; the inconceivable power of soaring in the wind comes freely from the mountains. 
Eihei Dogen Zenji

These Sierra mountains
Are not the true mountains
Beneath these untrue mountains are the rivers of delusion
Which, by the way, are just fine for traveling home
Doen

What We Do With It

What We Do With It

A clean patch of ground after a rain

An ancient pine half-covered with moss
Such things appear before our eyes
But what we do with them isn’t the same
This poem was written by Stonehouse (Shan Shi). In the 13th century he was a Zen teacher and then a hermit for 40 years.
Now what should we do with this poem?
Zen teacher Ummon tell us that even a good thing is not as good as nothing.
It would be very foolish of me to add anything to that luminous instruction.