Summer Moment
citation from Dogen Zenji's
What is Zen? (commentary) by Alan Watts
(Part II, Zen Reconsidered)
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Actually, this present moment never comes to be and it never ceases to be, 
it is simply our minds that construct the continuity of thoughts we call time.
In the present moment is nirvana.
As the great master Dogen [in the Genjokoan] explains, in the course of the 
seasons, the spring does not "become" the summer. And when wood burns it
does not "become" the ashes. There is the state of wood, and there is the state
of ashes. There is the state of spring, there is the state of summer. The spring
does not become the summer, the wood does not become the ashes. [...]
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The important thing is to emphasize presence, being completely here, and 
not feeling guilty if you enjoy it. You can do that most easily in any kind of
activity that does not require much discursive thought. Anything you can do
without a great deal of thought becomes a perfect form of meditation,
whether it's shucking peas, digging up a plot of ground, putting up a fence,
or doing dishes.
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