The Moon In Water
Originated as a description of the mind we should aim for while meditating.
Still water perfectly reflects the moon. A still mind perfectly reflects reality.
But, when the wind of ignorance starts to blow, creating thought waves, the reflection is lost.
But for Dogen, the wind wasn’t the wind of ignorance, it was the wind of interdependence. And that interdependence was fully expressing itself in the dynamic interplay of wind, water, space and moonlight. The moon wasn’t up in the far sky, it was in the water.
It’s hard to overstate how so entirely different this is.