‘In this remote nation in recent days those who genuinely seek buddha dharma are rare—it is not that there are none. Many people leave their households, appearing free from worldly matters, but in fact they use the buddha way to seek fame and gain. What a pity! How sad that they waste their time in unilluminated trades! When will they break away and attain the way? If they meet a true teacher, how will they recognize the true dragon?’ (Shobogenzo Keisei Sanshiki)
We read this passage in the Dogen study group this week; another fine example of Dogen lamenting the state of dharma.