To the naive man, mountains are mountains, waters are waters. To the intermediate student, mountains are no longer mountains, waters are no longer waters. But for the fully perfected student, mountains are again mountains and waters are again waters.

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The meaning of the wonderful Zen saying “Every day is a good day” is that they come one after another, and yet there is only this one. You don’t link them. This, as I intimated just a moment ago, seems to be an atomization of life. Things just do what they do. The flower goes puff, and people go this way and that way, and so on, and that is what is happening. It has no meaning, no destination, no value. It is just like that. When you see that, you see it’s a great relief. That is all it is. Then, when you are firmly established in suchness, and it is just this moment, you can begin again to play with the connections, only you have seen through them. Now they don’t haunt you, because you know that there isn’t any continuous you running on from moment to moment who originated sometime in the past and will die sometime in the future. All that has disappeared. So, you can have enormous fun anticipating the future, remembering the past, and playing all kinds of continuities. This is the meaning of that famous Zen saying about mountains: “To the naive man, mountains are mountains, waters are waters. To the intermediate student, mountains are no longer mountains, waters are no longer waters.” In other words, they have dissolved into the point instant, the tsbana. “But for the fully perfected student, mountains are again mountains and waters are again waters.”

Alan Watts – The Taoist Way of Karma

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