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Reb Anderson

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The mountains and rivers of the immediate present are the manifestation of the path of the ancient buddhas. Because they are the self before the emergence of signs, they are the penetrating liberation of ultimate reality.

Master Daokai said, “Green mountains are forever walking. A stone woman bears a child by night.”

If one knows one’s own walking, one knows the walking of the green mountains. There should be an examination of both stepping back and stepping forward.

—Eihei Dogen, Mountains and Rivers Sutra


Ryo BoI’ve been told—but I don’t know for sure—that you’re like me. If I could speak for you, I would say that you have a deep longing for oneness, a deep urge to return to your original face before your parents were born.

The sutra just quoted talks about “the mountains and rivers of the immediate present.” How can you return to the immediate present? These mountains of the immediate present are the self before the emergence of subtle signs. Your existence in the immediate present is the self before the emergence of signs.

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