Life is as transient as dew on the grass
– Zen Master Dogen
– Zen Master Dogen
My favourite summer walking jacket, many years old, soft and beloved. Another one ripped by the dog as he tried to get treats out of the pocket as the coat hung on the hook. I have mended previous damage with iron-on tape, effective but unsightly. So this time I have tried my hand at an …
Continued from the precious post and contemplating further on the power of words, I was also reminded of the line from the bible: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In essence, this is about the power to create. As I went to buy groceries …
I am currently experimenting with batik for an assignment to make a batik design for a kimono, consisting of writing / words and using indigo blue. I had the following contemplations on the nature of words. Words have great power, both to obscure and to reveal the truth, to divide and to unite. We can …
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.