Dogen: Work with All Materials

October 25, 2011

A part of Dogen Zenji’s “Instructions for the Tenzo” caught in my heart this morning:

“Thus, do not be careless even when you work with poor materials, and sustain your efforts even when you have excellent materials. Never change your attitude according to the materials. If you do, it is like varying your truth when speaking with different people; then you are not a practitioner of the way.”

Read more at the Tricycle Wisdom Collection (Summer 1993)

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