Some Wisdom Found In the Gospel Of Luke ~ Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

Japanese Buddhist Proverb ~ Even [the experience of] a single shadow or a single flowing of water, is [made by] the karma-relations of a former life.

 Even [the experience of] a single shadow or a single flowing of water, is [made by] the karma-relations of a former life.

SHŌBŌGENZŌ THE TRUE DHARMA-EYE TREASURY VOLUME I

Long ago, there was a monk called Prior Sokkō in the order of Zen
Mas ter Hōgen. Zen Master Hōgen asks him, “Prior Sokkō, how long have
you been in my order?”

Sokkō says, “I have served in the master’s order for three years already.”
The Zen master says, “You are a recent member of the order. Why do
you never ask me about the Buddha-Dharma?”

Sokkō says, “I must not deceive you, master. Before, when I was in the
order of Zen Master Seihō, I realized the state of peace and joy in the Buddha-
Dharma.”

Hōgen says, “Nice words. But I am afraid that you may not have understood.”
Sokkō says, “The children of fire belong to fire. [So] I understood that
their being fire yet looking for fire represented my being myself yet looking
for myself.”

The Zen master says, “I have become sure that you did not understand.
If the Buddha-Dharma were like that, it could never have been transmitted
until today.”

At this Sokkō became embarrassed and distressed, and he stood up [to
leave]. [But] on the road he thought, “The Zen master is [respected] throughout
the country [as] a good counselor, and he is a great guiding master to
five hundred people. There must surely have been some merit in his criticism
of my wrongness.”

[Sokkō] goes back to the Zen master to confess and to prostrate himself
in apology. Then he asks, “Just what is the student that is I?”

 The Zen master says, “The children of fire come looking for fire.”

Under the influence of these words, Sokkō grandly realized the Buddha-
Dharma.