Given to a Zen Person

Mind itself is buddha.

Practice is difficult. Explanation is not difficult.

Not-mind. Not-buddha.

Explanation is difficult. Practice is not difficult.

~ Dogen



From Chinese-style poems, translated by Philip Whalen and Kazuaki Tanahashi


Text from Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen, edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi,  North Point Press, 1985.  Image: Natural by shell_ghostcage,  CC0 Public Domain from


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