A Single Drop of Water

These are a few of the pictures I took over two years of a single tiny koi pond that I walk past every day. From day to day this pond opened up for me a different world, with different light and different moods. The photos are taken with an old phone. I’m looking forward to exploring the surface of the water with a better camera.

When you have still not fully realized the Dharma in body and mind you think it sufficient. When the Dharma fills body and mind, you feel some lack. It is like boarding a boat and sailing into a broad and shoreless sea. You see nothing as you gaze about you but a wide circle of sea. Yet the great ocean is not circular. It is not square. It has other, inexhaustible virtues. It is like a glittering palace. It is like a necklace of precious jewels. Yet it appears for the moment to the range of your eyes simply as an encircling sea. It is the same with all things. The dusty world and the Buddha Way beyond may assume many different aspects, but we can see and understand them only to the extent that our eye is cultivated through practice. If we are to grasp the true and particular natures of all things, we must know that in addition to apparent circularity or angularity, there are inexhaustibly great virtues in the mountains and seas. We must realize that this inexhaustible store is present not only all around us, it is present right beneath out feet and within a single drop of water.

(Dogen, Genjokoan)




3 thoughts on “A Single Drop of Water

  1. Krishnan,

    Splendid again. Stupendous.

    We have to see beyond the worldly ‘seeing’ to see the transcendental that is ‘Sunyata’ :- ‘The waves which contain the water is not still, while the water which contains the waves is not in motion’. It is all very esoteric!

    Another way of looking at Sunyata :- ‘The ‘phenomenon’ in worldly or conventional reality is illusionary like the ‘reflections’ in the mirror. The ‘nuomenon’ in the transcendental ultimate reality is illusionary like the ‘reflectivity’ of the mirror.

    In the name of Zen,


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