Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Letting Your Own Light Shine
The ultimate teaching of Dogen and of Aśvaghoṣa
and of Gautama Buddha, says me,
Is just to sit in lotus
And learn the backward step
Of letting one's own light shine.
arhattvam-āsādya sa sat-kriyārho
nirutsuko niṣpraṇayo nirāśaḥ /
sa eva dhṛtyānya ivābabhāse // 17.61 //
Having attained to the seat of arhathood,
he was worthy of being served.
Without ambition, without partiality,
Without fear, sorrow, pride, or passion;
Being nothing but himself,
he seemed in his constancy to be different.