Citation from Dogen Zenji's SHUSHO-GI 山水經
The Meaning of Practice-Enlightenment:
Citation from the translation in ZEN IS ETERNAL LIFE
by Abbess Houn Jiyu-Kennett, Roshi
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(Part 4): Awakening the Mind of the Bodhisattva
("It is a form of charity to build a ferry.")

"The Four Wisdoms, charity, tenderness, benevolence, and sympathy are the means we have of helping others and represent the Bodhisattva's aspirations. Charity is the opposite of covetousness. We make offerings though we ourselves get nothing whatsoever. There is no need to be concerned about how small the gift may be so long as it brings true results, for, even if it is only a single phrase or verse, it may be a seed to bring forth good fruit both now and hereafter.

"Similarly the offering of only one coin or a blade of grass can cause the arising of good, for the teaching itself is the True Treasure and the True Treasure is the very teaching we must never desire any reward for, and we must always share everything we have with others. It is an act of charity to build a ferry or a bridge and all forms of industry are charity if they benefit others."

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