Mountains are mountains

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老僧三十年前未參禪時
見山是山
見水是水
及至後親見知識
有箇入處
見山不是山
見水不是水
而今得箇體歇處
依然見山
見水是水

Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it’s just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.

-Seigen Ishin, Ch’uan Teng Lu, 22. (The Way of Zen 126)

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