From ‘On Respectful Bowing Will Secure the Very Marrow of the Way’, in the Shōbōgenzō, by Eihei Dogen

“you should discard your myriad involvements, cease frittering away your time, and devote yourself to diligently practicing the Way. You should do your training and practice, even though you may still be attached to discriminatory thinking; you should do your training and practice, even if you have gone beyond discriminatory thinking; you should do your training and practice, even though you may be half-hearted in the attempt. Study with urgency, as though you were extinguishing a fire on your head: study with joy and hopefulness, as though you were standing on tiptoes.

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Securing the Marrow and communicating the Dharma inevitably depend on sincere devotion and a trusting heart. Sincerity and trust do not in the least come from outside ourselves, nor is there any place within from which they emerge. Simply, beyond doubt, those who have done this emphasize the Dharma and play down themselves. These people flee society’s world and make the Path their dwelling place.”

From ‘On Respectful Bowing Will Secure the Very Marrow of the Way’, in the Shōbōgenzō, by Eihei Dogen

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