... a dance that both celebrates, and brings to life, the fact of enlightenment in our lives. We may be originally enlightened but, if the dance is not danced, enlightenment is never brought to life.
That dance is just enlightenment itself, and enlightenment is made real by dancing the dance.
Although our dance of Zazen may be for 20 or 30 minutes, finite in time, when seen as the "dance of enlightenment" it truly has no beginning or end ... for enlightenment is such without beginning and end.
Having been born to dance this dance, how fortunate are you and I to be here to dance it! We are originally enlightened! Wow!
And though there is nothing that is not the dance ... that does not mean we should be lax in our dancing! If we just take "enlightenment" for granted, and do not train or practice our dance ... the dancing will not go well, and enlightenment will be forgotten.
Now get out there, and start spinning and twirling ... just dance this dance. Even forget that one is dancing, naturally lose oneself in the dance ... and taste that enlightenment envelopes us. Then forget about "enlightenment", and all is just the dancing.
Question Seven (Cont.):
... Because practice is just [enlightenment], the [enlightenment]
is endless; and because [enlightenment] is practice, the practice has no
beginning. This is how both the Tathagata Shakyamuni and the Venerable
Patriarch Mahakasyapa were received and used by the practice that exists in the
state of [enlightenment]. The Great Master Bodhidharma and the founding
Patriarch Daikan were similarly pulled and driven by the practice that exists
in the state of [enlightenment]. The examples of all those who dwelled in and
maintained the Buddha-Dharma are like this. The practice that is never separate
from [enlightenment] exists already: having fortunately received the one-to-one
transmission of a share of the subtle practice, we who are beginners in
pursuing the truth directly possess, in the state without intention, a share of
original [enlightenment]. Remember, in order to prevent us from tainting the [enlightenment]
that is never separate from practice, the Buddhist patriarchs have repeatedly
taught us not to be lax in practice. When we forget the subtle practice,
original [enlightenment] has filled our hands; when the body leaves original [enlightenment]
behind, the subtle practice is operating throughout the body.
From: Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth - Nishijima-Cross [with some amendments according to Uchiyama]