In the last paragraph:
I understand the reference to the elephant - the old tale of blind men groping the elephant, one thinking the ear is a leaf, the other the leg is a tree, etc and that the elephant also represented wisdom? and mental strength in Indian philosophy - a metaphor for trying to grasp the Buddha-dharma with the intellect or concentration, OK.Please, honored followers of Zen, long accustomed to groping for the elephant, do not doubt the true dragon.
What does the dragon represent in this passage? A general power, or experiential force, something more specific? I know in China, the dragon represents the emperor, the masculine aspect, and is a rather unpredictable and aggressive nature, also responsible for weather. Not sure how that relates.