January 4 ice 063

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.

Dogen Zenji

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

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