mountains and rivers

February 23, 2010

Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253) says that mountains and rivers at this very moment are a revelation of Truth.  Mountains are conditioned, relative, and connecting Beings and are perfect exactly as they are.  Mountains and rivers, in their relative and absolute nature, have no identity that is separate or distinct from anything else.  Mountains express rivers and rivers express mountains.  Mountains are hidden in rivers and rivers are hidden in mountains.  Mountains and rivers are mandalas that have all qualities as potentials within them.

– Joan Halifax Roshi, from “The Fruitful Darkness”