Suzuki Roshi

So you may ask, ‘What is the real teaching of Buddha?’ If you don’t understand it you will keep asking, ‘What is it? What is it? What does it mean?’ You are just seeking for something you can understand. We don’t exist in that way. Dogen Zenji says, ‘There is no bird who flies knowing the limit of the sky. There is no fish who swims knowing the end of the ocean’. We exist in the limitless universe. Sentient beings are numberless, and our desires are limitless, but we still have to continue making our effort just as a fish swims and a bird flies. So Dogen Zenji says, ‘A bird flies like a bird; a fish swims like a fish’. That is the bodhisattva’s way, and that is how we observe our practice.’ (Branching Streams Flow In The Darkness)

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