Dogen on Dew

“Although the moon is a great, broad light, it lodges in the tiniest bit of water. The moon at its fullest, as well as the whole of the heavens, lodges within the dewdrop poised on a blade of grass, just as it lodges in any single bit of water. Spiritual awakening does not tear a person asunder; thus, it is like the moon’s not making a dent in the water. A person no more impedes his spiritual awakening than a dewdrop impedes the moon in the heavens.”

–from “Genjo Koan”

“Alas, the impermanent cannot be relied on, for who knows on what blade of roadside grass our dew-like life will fall?”

–from “Juundo shiki”

Dogen Zenji