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Perfect Freedom

May 14, 2018

When a fish swims,

it swims on and on,

and there is no end to the water.

When a bird flies,

it flies on and on,

and there is no end to the sky.

There never was fish

that swam out of water,

or a bird that flew out of the sky.

When they need a little water or sky,

they use just a little.

When they need a lot,

they use a lot.

Thus they use all of it

at every moment,

and in every place

they have perfect freedom.

~Dogen

(1200-1253, Japanese Zen Teacher,

founder of the Soto School of Zen)

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