Wondrous nirvana-mind

Because the flowers blooming
In our original home
Are everlasting,
Though springtimes may come and go
Their colors do not fade.

Eihei Dogen

The meaning of this poem opens up when you understand that, in Zen poetry, spring blossoms can be understood to represent the gentle, almost unnoticed flowering of enlightenment, the surprisingly quiet recognition of the Buddha-mind. These spring blossoms appear only after the hard, lonely winter of meditation and spiritual practice, yet when they peek forth, their appearance is natural, effortless.

Here, the blossoms — enlightenment — do not fade, even though the seasons change.


One response to “Wondrous nirvana-mind

  1. beautiful interpretation !!

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