Dogen

‘Grass, trees, tiles and pebbles, as well as the four great elements and the five skandhas, are all equally inseparable mind, equally marks of reality. The entire world of the ten directions, the buddha nature of thusness, is equally things abiding in their conditions.
How can there be grass, trees, and so on within the buddha nature of thusness? How can grass, trees and so on not be buddha nature? All things are neither created nor not created, but are reality. Reality is reality as it is…
When you turn the four great elements and the five skandhas and practice sincerely, you attain the way. When you turn grass, trees, tiles and walls, and practice sincerely, you attain the way. It is so because the four great elements and the five skandhas, as well as grass, trees, tiles and walls, practice together with you. They have the same nature, the same mind and life, the same body and capacity as you.
This being so, many of those who come from the assembly of buddha ancestors endeavor in the way of taking up grass and having the heart of trees. This is how it is with arousing the aspiration for enlightenment.’ (Shobogenzo Hotsu Mujo Shin)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s