Shohaku Okumura

‘Even though our day-to-day activity is incomplete, without it there’s no Buddha’s mind, no Buddha’s enlightenment. If we don’t practice, Buddha’s enlightenment ended twenty-five hundred years ago. Because of our incomplete practice, right here in this Dharma position, Buddha’s enlightenment is here. Otherwise Buddha’s enlightenment is only recorded in the sutras.’ (The Mountains and Waters Sutra)

Note the word ‘incomplete’ here: if we think that because we don’t feel enlightened like Buddha was, we are not manifesting Buddha’s enlightenment, we are missing the point. This is just what Dogen talks about in the Self-Receiving and -Employing Samadhiand just about everywhere else as well, and what Suzuki Roshi was also talking about in the post from a few days ago.

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