throwing light

…Dogen said,

Sounds of streams and shapes of mountains.
The sounds never stop and the shapes never cease.
Was it Su who woke
or was it mountains and streams?

Billions of beings see the morning star
and all become Buddhas!
If you, who are valley and streams and looming
mountains,
can’t throw some light on the nature of ridges and rivers

who can?

from the poem We wash our bowls in this water by Gary Snyder


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