By Compiled and translated, with an introduction, by Sōiku Shigematsu. Foreword by Gary Snyder
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Treat each thing wholeheartedly. If you waste a drop of water, you will waste yourself and lose your life—because a drop of water is you. Everything is you. The Kegon parable ends in one basic term of Buddhism: shujd (all sentient beings). Buddhists believe in the ecological cycle o f nature, part of which is human beings (see no. 635). There is no governing-governed relationship between men and the other animals and plants. All nature is one great circle, one great harmony. All is in brotherhood, as Emerson says: "The fields and 24 woods .
12°) (127) Where flowers Blossoms open follow flowers, on a rootless tree; quails chirp; Fishes jump on a high mountain. When the grass sends shot (121) after shot o f scent, a pair of mandarin ducks fly. Flower Mountain, (128) green to the heavens; Yellow River, gold to the bottom. Fire is hot; (122) water, cold. 43 (129) Coming A lobster, leaping, never gets out o f the bushel. out (130) of the hoptoad's hole. (136) Under the tall pine, bareheaded, crosslegged, Lotus leaves round, round, He sits staring hard mirror-round; with white eyes at the secular people.
T h e dragon's eyes look sharp at the snake; The tiger's catching o f the buffalo is perfect. (810) The rdshi's eyes are clear like a mirror. They reflect everything just as it is. The clear mirror, seeing the object, Instantly discriminates the beautiful and the ugly. (1123) Everything depends on the rdshi. " (404) In order to rob his student of his last self, he dares to Shave off iron from a needle's point! Scrape off meat from a heron's thigh! (396) The rdshi's urgent and ultimate business is nothing but to 17 Try and make a dead snake a live dragon.
A Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters by Compiled and translated, with an introduction, by Sōiku Shigematsu. Foreword by Gary Snyder