Mountains and Rivers

Image taken from page 461 of 'China, historisch romantisch, malerisch. [A translation of parts of “China, in a series of views ... By Thomas Allom Esq. with historical and descriptive notes by the Rev. G. N. Wright.” With a selection from the engravings.]


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.


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


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