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The Buddha nature of worry and surprise

Even worry and surprise are nothing other than Buddha

We know that we are “people who are it” just from the fact that we want to attain “the matter that is it.” Already we possess the real features of a “person who is it”; we should not worry about the already present “matter that is it.” Even worry itself is just “the matter that is it,” and so it is beyond worry. Again, we should not be surprised that “the matter that is it” is present in such a state. Even if “it” is the object of surprise and wonderment, it is still just “it.” And there is “it” about which we should not be surprised.
Shobogenzo, Inmo, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross

May The Forest of Razor Sharp Leaves…

May the forest of razor sharp leaves
Become a beautiful pleasure grove,
And may the trees of knives and swords
Grow into wish-fulfilling trees.
~Santideva, A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, translated by Stephen Batchelor

Burnt Matchstick


Louie Wing held up a burnt matchstick and said, “This matchstick is the vast, unnamable, fathomless void. All the universes in all the meta-verses are totally contained within it. Not only that, but each superstring in each subatomic particle, in each atom, in each molecule, also contain all of space and time, and each does so without interfering with any other superstring or particle. Every particular thing you perceive is the totality of space-time. All things are void; the void is all things. Look! The vast, unnamable, fathomless void is coming forth as a slice of bologna! Where could you possibly find anything mundane?”

The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing

Zen Master Dogen’s Constant Reminder

Dogen’s Constant Reminder

The realization of the Buddhist patriarchs is perfectly realized real form. Real form is all dharmas. All dharmas are forms as they are, natures as they are, body as it is, the mind as it is, the world as it is, clouds and rain as they are, walking, standing, sitting, and lying down, as they are; sorrow and joy, movement and stillness, as they are; a staff and a whisk, as they are; a twirling flower and a smiling face, as they are; succession of the Dharma and affirmation, as they are; learning in practice and pursuing the truth, as they are; the constancy of pines and the integrity of bamboos, as they are.

Shobogenzo, Shoho-Jisso, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross
Thank you Master Dogen!