Harriman Fjord
Citation form COMMENTARY on Dogen Zenji's
SANSUI-KYO (山水經), Mountains and Rivers Sutra
from The Fruitful Darkness, by Joan Halifax Roshi
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  As a student of Buddhism and mountain wanderer, I have been deeply affected by the writings of Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253), the ancestor and founder of the Soto School of Japan. Dogen Zenji wrote a remarkable vernacular text, the Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), which includes the "Mountains and Rivers Sutra." Reading it, I learned something about mountains and something about mind.

Dogen 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.

Dogen realized that the activity of mountians and rivers, like Buddhist spiritual life, was not in the world but of the world itself. From this perspective mountains and rivers are not only Buddha's true nature but share in the great body of all true nature. [...]
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 In Dogen's world of mountains and rivers, of plum blossoms and bright moons, everything is the body of the Buddha, everything has the sound of truth in it. Hidden within each thing is every other thing, like Indra's Net of Jewels. Dogen sought to convey all the basic activity of the world as mutual and enlightened.
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