The Language of Ritual

As we approach the full moon, a final commentary from Dogen, this time on the ninth precept, ‘I vow not to harbour ill will’:

‘Not negative, not positive, neither real nor unreal. There is an ocean of illuminated clouds, and an ocean of bright clouds.’

Reading Enkyo O’Hara Roshi’s book,  Most Intimate,  she offered a different translation in her chapter on anger that helped illuminate the meaning:

‘Not advancing, not retreating, not real, not empty. There is an ocean of bright clouds. There is an ocean of solemn clouds.’

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