this the same as the Genjo Koan's No
trace of realization remains and this
no trace continues endlessly?
is effort without desire.
and desire: When we want (desire) something—some
thing— we usually have an idea
what to do to get it, what effort to
realization? Desiring the Buddha way?
it self-defeating to make an effort
to reach realization? How can you strive
it’s OK to want it. But what happens if you
get it? Is your life over? No.
practice whether you’re enlightened or not.
it may be better if you’re not
enlightened to practice, because that
may have true realization in it. What
do you think? Are there, perhaps, traps
whichever way you carve this up?
water all the way to the bottom;
a fish swims like a fish.
Vast sky transparent throughout;
a bird flies like a bird.
a fish in water. A fish doesn’t say, “Well
now I’m water I’m not going to swim.” A
bird doesn’t stop flying because it’s
in the sky.
is the way we can be—in our truest sense. Actualizing,
putting forth effort without wanting something for
something small Of course a bird looks for food in
the sky and a fish looks…. But that’s
part of the depth of the water and the vastness of
actualizing the fundamental point – or the
issue at hand. Right here. Don’t hold back.
Study the self. Study that which is studying. It’s
fun to study texts and think you’re studying
something our there. But this text is about studying
what’s studying. It’s neither internal
nor external. It’s not separate. There’s
not a separate object and subject in study in the
water all the way to the bottom … Vast
sky transparent throughout…
Is the field of your mind different
than the clear water of the fish or the
vast transparent sky of the bird?
we talk about emptiness this is what we’re
A fish swims through water effortlessly
manifesting its realization. Does a fish
require any special effort to swim like
a fish? Is Dogen suggesting that we humans
living in our world, which included our
mind, should manifest our realization without