FUKAN ZAZENGI (普勧坐禅儀, Recommending Zazen to All People)
(from Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
by ZEN MASTER DOGEN, tr. by Kazuaki Tanahashi)
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"THE REAL WAY CIRCULATES everywhere, how could it require practice or enlightenment? The essential teaching is fully available, how could effort be necessary? Furthermore, the entire mirror is free of dust, why take steps to polish it? Nothing is separate from this very place, why journey away?

"And yet if you miss the mark even by a strand of hair, you are as distant as heaven from earth. If the slightest discrimination occurs, you will be lost in confusion. You could be proud of your understanding and have abundant realization, or acquire outstanding wisdom and attain the way by clarifying the mind. Still if you are wandering about in your head, you may miss the vital path of letting your body leap.
"Hence you should stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear. If you want to attain JUST THIS, immediately practice JUST THIS."
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(Zen Master) DOGEN ZENJI'S (道元禅師)
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PHOTO: Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) China, Female Musician (with inward gaze),
Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by