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    Dogen: "What is dropping off body and mind?"

    Rujing said: "Studying Zen is dropping off body and mind. Without depending on the burning of incense, bowing, chanting Buddha's names, repentance, or sutra reading, devote yourself to just sitting."

    "Dropping off body and mind is zazen. When you just sit, you are free from the five sense desires and the five hindrances."

    - Dogen

    For me, this is the heart of Zen. If everything else was lost apart from just sitting there would still be Zen. Zen is, in essence, just sitting.

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    Careful! Even moonlit dewdrops,
    If you’re lured to watch,
    Are a wall before the Truth.
    — Sogyo (1667–1731)

    I like the analogy of taking what is refracted by a dewdrop to be a 'true' vision of reality. It is a version of what is real, and is embedded in reality, but it is only one version after all, and evaporates in the morning sunshine. However we perceive reality it will only be a version of the truth, but that doesn't matter if we understand this. This analogy even works for the Dhamma in this quote, as the moon is often used in Zen to show that mere reflections of things can still be useful.

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