Enlightenment Unfolds…


A fish swims in the ocean,
and no matter how far it swims
there is no end to the water.
A bird flies in the sky,
and no matter how far it flies
there is no end to the air.
However, the fish and the bird
have never left their elements.
When their activity is large their field is large.
When their need is small their field is small.
Thus, each of them totally covers its full range,
and each of them totally experiences its realm.

Now if a bird or a fish tries to reach
the end of its element before moving in it,
this bird or this fish will not find its way or its place.
When you find your place where you are,
practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point.
When you find your way at this moment,
practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point;
for the place, the way,
is neither large nor small,
neither yours nor others.
The place, the way,
has not carried over from the past,
and it is not merely arising now.
Accordingly,
in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way,
to attain one thing is to penetrate one thing;
to meet one practice is to sustain one practice.

Here is the place;
here the way unfolds.
The boundary of realization is not distinct,
for realization comes forth simultaneously
with the mastery of buddha-dharma.
Do not suppose that what you attain
becomes your knowledge
and is grasped by your intellect.
Although actualized immediately,
the inconceivable may not be apparent.
Its appearance is beyond your knowledge.

– Zen Master Dogen

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