“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”
Dogen Zenji 1200-1253
When I was young my grandmother took me to see a Chinese circus perform in Edinburgh. One of my favourite acts was the mysterious girl in the red cheongsam, emblazoned with dragons, who span plates on long bamboo poles. I became quite worried as the plates slowed down and looked as though they were about to topple to the ground and smash at any moment.
Only this never happened.