The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Dogen quotes

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Above all, don’t wish to become a future Buddha;
Your only concern should be,
As thought follows thought,
To avoid clinging to any of them.

To what shall
I liken the world?
Moonlight, reflected
In dewdrops,
Shaken from a crane’s bill.

Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
Without looking for the traces I may have left;
A cuckoo’s song beckons me to return home;
Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
Who has told me to turn back;
But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.

The true person is
Not anyone in particular;
But, like the deep blue color
Of the limitless sky,
It is everyone, everywhere in the world.

The moon reflected
In a mind clear
As still water:
Even the waves, breaking,
Are reflecting its light.

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.

 

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2 responses

  1. Very beautiful poem and sweet mantra. So soothing….both. Thank you.

    July 9, 2014 at 6:57 am

  2. Pingback: On Not Becoming a Buddha | KM Huber's Blog

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