A Zen monk asked for a verse:

by Eihei Dogen

English version by Steven Heine
Original Language Japanese

"Mind itself is buddha" -- difficult to practice, but easy to explain;
"No mind, no buddha" -- difficult to explain, but easy to practice.

-- from The Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace, by Steven Heine

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A Zen monk asked