Wood shavings

“At this moment a flower blossoms, a leaf falls–it is a manifestation of sustained exertion…Everything is exertion.  To attempt to avoid exertion is an impossible evasion, for the attempt itself is exertion.”

–Ehei Dogen (1200-1253), Shobogenzo, as quoted in de Bary et. al., Sources of Japanese Tradition, New York: Columbia University Press, 1958.

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