Rain washing mountains, mountains washing waters

by Bob Schwartz

Night monsoon leaves water rushing through the wash. The mountains are silent and invisible. The clouds are silent and invisible. The wash that is usually dry is a noisy stream. The rain washed the mountains, the mountains washed the waters.

“All waters appear at the foot of the eastern mountains. Accordingly, all mountains ride on clouds and walk in the sky. All mountains are the tops of the heads of all waters. Walking beyond and walking within are both done on water. All mountains walk with their toes on waters and make them splash.”
Zen Master Dogen, Mountains and Waters Sutra