Dōgen on enlightenment

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Photo by flickr user Zach Dischner. All rights revert to originator. Creative Commons.
Photo by flickr user Zach Dischner. All rights revert to originator. Appears via Creative Commons public license.

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

-Dōgen, 12th c. Japan

 

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