Dongshan

‘Communing with the source, travel the pathways, embrace the territory and treasure the road. ‘ (Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi)

This couplet has been on my mind recently – perhaps because of all the travel I have been doing. It is, of course, not really about geography, any more than Dogen’s ‘why leave behind the seat in your own home to wander in vain through the dusty realms of other lands?’ from the Fukanzazengi. As with the rest of Dongshan’s poem, it is holding the absolute and the relative in equal proportion.

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