Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Moon in a Dewdrop

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The moon in a dewdrop? Yes,  says Rev. Taigu:

A simple, most fragile and imperfect dewdrop may reflect the large moon. A pearl of water can swallow the whole night sky. Dogen points out a finger at a very simple dewdrop, and shows how the self, just as it is, can receive-display-share the brightness of the moon. The moon is the moon, it is also the naked nature of reality, the original face, the perfect form of sitting. The dewdrop is nothing but the self, the limited, deluded, twisted self. And this is the miracle, as a dewdrop, no need to wait or to improve, no need to purify yourself or to get a real miror-like finish or sheen, the almost bursting nature of your body, its flaws and very imperfections are the ideal field of manifestation.

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As Dogen wrote in the Genjo Koan:

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water.

Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky.

The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.

Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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