Bodhi Leaves
CITATION on Bodhi Leaves as Buddhist Scriptures
from Dogen Zenji's
BUKKYO 佛經 (Sutras / Buddhist Scripture)
(Shasta Abbey, trans. by Hubert Nearman)
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Eno's saying, "Who is this One that comes thus [Tathagata]?" is a thousand Scriptures for teaching Buddhas and tens of thousands of Scriptures for teaching bodhisattvas. And Nangaku's reply, "For me to explain what even one thing is would not hit the mark," does well to account for the accumulation of the eighty- four thousand expressions of the Dharma, as well as the twelve divisions of the Mahayana canon.

And even more, a Master's fist and heel, his traveling staff and ceremonial hossu, are ancient Scriptures and new Scriptures, as well as Scriptures on what has limits and Scriptures on That which is without limits. From the first, doing one's utmost in training within the Sangha and diligently doing seated meditation are Buddhist Scriptures, and they are Buddhist Scriptures right to the end. They are Scriptures written on leaves from the Bodhi tree; they are Scriptures written upon the vast expanse of sky.

In short, the one moment of movement and the two moments of stillness which the Buddhas and Ancestors have exhibited, as well as Their holding on and Their letting go are, naturally enough, the unrolling of Buddhist Scriptures. Because They have explored through Their training that the ultimate standard is that there is no absolute ultimate, They have inhaled and expelled the Scriptures through Their nostrils and They have absorbed and expelled the Scriptures through Their toes.
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Photo: from Wikipedia Commons, leaves of the Sacred Fig
(Ficus religiosa), BODHI TREE, indigenous to India