empty-handed

 

This

reminds me of

another statement Dogen Zenji

made when he returned from China,

‘I have returned empty-handed, without the

smallest bit of Buddha Dharma.’ ‘Empty-handed.’

When you’ve got nothing in your hands, they are free

to be used in the best way. And, ‘without the smallest

bit of Buddha Dharma.’ In other words, everything

is the Buddha Dharma. It’s not a matter of

having it or not. This very life, as it is,

is nothing but the Buddha

Dharma itself.

 

Taizan Maezumi Roshi