From ‘On Just for the Time Being, Just for a While…’, in the “Shōbōgenzō”, by Eihei Dogen

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Over Arizona – S. Fava, 2001

Standing atop a soaring mountain peak is for the time being,
And plunging down to the floor  of the Ocean’s abyss is for the time being;
Being triple-headed and eight-armed is for the time being,
And being a figure of a Buddha standing sixteen feet tall or sitting eight feet high is for the time being;
Being a monk’s traveling staff  or his ceremonial hossu  is for the time being,
And being a pillar supporting  the temple  or a stone lantern before  the Meditation Hall  is for the time being;
Being a next-door neighbor or a man in the street is for the time being,
And being the whole of the great earth and boundless space is for the time being.

From ‘On Just for the Time Being, Just for a While…’, in the “Shōbōgenzō”, by Eihei Dogen

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