Dogen, Japanese Leader ( January 19, 1200 - September 22, 1253 )

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If you cannot find the truth within yourself, where else do you expect to find it?~Dogen

Truth Yourself You

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.~Dogen

Love Flower Gardening

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.~Dogen

Truth Original Truth Is

You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.~Dogen

Mother Child You

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.~Dogen

Water Mountains Great

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.~Dogen

Unity Yourself Mind

Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.~Dogen

Gardening Trees Practice

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.~Dogen

You Think Enlightenment