Practice // FROM THE GENJO KOAN BY EIHEL DOGEN FOUNDER OF THE SOTO ZEN TRADITION
When you sail out in a boat to the middle of the ocean where no land is in sight,
and view the four directions, the ocean looks circular, and does not look any other way.
But the ocean is neither round nor square; its features are infinite in variety.
It is like a palace to a fish or a jewel ornament to beings in the sky.
It just looks round to our eyes when we briefly encounter it.
The myriad of things is the same.
Although things in this world or beyond this world contain many aspects,
we are capable of grasping only what we can through the power if vision, which comes from practice.
In order to perceive these many aspects,
you must understand that besides being round or square,
oceans and rivers have many other characteristics and that there are may worlds in other directions.
It is not like this just nearby; it is like this right beneath your feet and even in a drop of water.