One of the great Ancestors of Soto (Caodong) Zen in Song Dynasty China, Hongzhi Zhengjue, wrote this in his Mozhao Ming (Inscription on Silent Illumination) ...
All the myriad things in the universe emit radiance and speak the dharma [the Buddha's teachings]. They all attest to each other and individually correspond in dialogue
Uchiyama Roshi writes as a commentary on today's section of Bendowa ...
grass, trees, and the land, all things in Nature itself, are the
reality of life that is at peace and ease beyond discrimination. To
radiate a great light means to be at peace and ease within the self
that is only the self. ... all the myriad dharmas [things] lie within
the self. Therefore, the self allows everything to become enlightened,
and everything allows the self to be enlightened. This is true
self-awakening and awakening of others.
This is not some simple naturalism, but something much more profound ...
grass, trees, and earth affected by this functioning radiate
great brilliance together and endlessly expound the deep, wondrous Dharma. Grasses and trees, fences, and walls demonstrate and exalt it for the sake of living beings, both ordinary and sage; and in turn, living beings, both ordinary and sage, express and unfold it for the sake of grasses and trees, fences, and walls.The realm of self-awakening and awakening others
is fundamentally endowed with the quality of enlightenment with nothing
lacking, and allows the standard of enlightenment to be actualized ceaselessly.
From:Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way -
Kosho Uchiyama (with Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Daniel Leighton)
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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