Life is as transient as dew on the grass
– Zen Master Dogen
– Zen Master Dogen
by Kathleen Campbell The self feeds on desireHowever noble. The self puts the self downAnd puffs the self up. The habits of many yearsSeem hard to undo. Yet what else is thereBut ongoing training? Transcendent and immanentAre not opposites.Through this We free ourselvesFrom suffering.
“In darkness it is most bright, while hidden it is all the more manifest. The crane dreams in the wintry mists. The autumn waters flow far into the distance.“ From the Guidepost of Silent Illumination Zen Master Hongzhi, trans. Taigen Daniel Leighton with Yi Wu Attenborough, April 2019.
Editorial note: The author of this poem has motor neurone disease. He used to enjoy his walking holidays with his wife, Alice. Alice needed a rest after nine months of lockdown and care as my functions melted away. A hurried phone call as she explored north Derbyshire “I only want to do this walk with …
Dew on the Grass is the coming together of four Dharma friends who wish to express their lives as Buddhists through their writing, photography, art and other projects. The concept for a website came about when one of us was walking early one morning and noticed the dew glistening on the grasses. It reminded her of the words of Zen Master Dogen who, in 13th century Japan, wrote in his teachings that ‘This body is as transient as dew on the grass’, reminding us of the importance of not wasting our lives.
The nature of dew is that it appears in the morning, glistens for an instant and then disappears. Yet it always raises the spirits when you catch sight of it and it will always appear again. This website, therefore, is both an exploration and celebration of our own lives and an offering to those who happen by to read it. We set out to share, in a variety of media, our experiences and reflections.
If you like what you see, we invite you to use this platform to do likewise. You can do this by leaving a comment or by sharing your writing, photography and art using our contact page and we will publish it on your behalf. For guidance, written contributions should be no longer than 500 – 600 words and reflect your life as a Buddhist. We reserve editorial rights.
We hope you enjoy your visit here.