and I are of the same root.
The myriad things and I are
one body. That is
Kodo Sawaki Roshi
It is critical to understand this.
Enlightenment is less a matter of charging
forward to achieve something, and more
one of doing not-doing — of leaning
slightly back and silently
accepting its constant
Once you have
done this, go on practicing.
Without straining, continually pour the
emptiness of your being into the
emptiness of existence, and
drink what comes back:
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Yes, I am
truly a dunce. Living
among the trees and plants,
don’t question me about illusion and
enlightenment. This old fellow just likes to smile to
himself. I wade across streams with bony legs,
and I carry a bag about in fine spring
weather. That’s my life, and
the world owes me
is peace in your mind
you will find peace with everybody.
If your mind is agitated you will find agitation
everywhere. So first find peace within and you will
see this inner peace reflected everywhere else.
You are this peace! You are happiness,
find out. Where else will you
find peace if not