A quote on enlightenment by Dogen Zenji (1200 – 1253)


Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.

Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water.

Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky.

The depth of the drop is the height of the moon.

Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.

—Dogen Zenji (1200 – 1253)

7 Comments Add yours

  1. True and fantastic words on Enlightenment and such an amazing picture. The moon is always steady it is our reflection that we think that the moon is shifting and that is the way enlightenment too works.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, I like your point dear Kamal! We only see reflections from our limited perspective, until we can pierce the veil of illusion of our senses.


      1. Thanks so much dear Amira.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Anita Bowden says:

    This is such an excellent way of explaining the impact of enlightenment! Very beautiful! Thank you, Amira! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Anita! ❤ ❤ ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. LindaP says:

    Wonderful !! Love the photo too!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Linda! 🙂 ❤


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s