this morning, someone said:
"The dharma is in front of you, and the source of suffering is behind you. Between you and the sun, only your shadow"
But I am only a foolish being, and this "I" never becomes enlightened.
It is raining outside right now.
Foolish beings remain foolish beings
natural enlightenment exists from the beginning, without any stain, not even the stain of ego
but unenlightened ordinary human being becomes unenlightened ordinary human being
that shadow can never take hold of this wisdom
the sun shines all the time, illuminating even darkness
even delusion is simply a magical display, like a rainbow which embellishes the sky
foolish beings remain foolish beings
reflections are never separate from the mirror, but they are not the mirror itself
the sky is blue
My ignorance is deep
my ignorance is deep
but original enlightenment never disappears
— manifesting as prajna and delusion
inside and outside; thoughts, samadhi, forms and Avalokiteshvara
appearing as a rainbow in the sky or the moon on water
displaying the intrinsically pure five skandhas
revealing beings, afflictions and the world
is just the arbitrary karma of a human being
who can never walk towards enlightenment.
Instead, why not just stretch your legs and relax
dropping body and mind
and releasing all effort?
well beyond this cushion
there is a Buddha of light emanating infinite Buddhas of light
revealing even boundaries as light and Buddha
lifting even the burden
of these long forgotten eyeglasses
and their strange point of view.
fabricating a special state
is just striving.
outside, cars go by on the wet roads;
their noise is heard
Showering light, illuminating beings
Buddha is just seated,
his body smaller
than an atom.
Kodo Sawaki said:
"It doesn't matter how much meditation you practice,
you will never become anything special".