If you fall, 20,000 arms will lift you up, when you sit 10,000 join the Sangha. If you walk barefoot in the snow I will put socks on my feet for you. If you hunger, I will give you an empty bowl and this will be our shared dharma.
A reflection on Case 47 of the Shobogenzo (Dogen’s True Dharma Eye)
We often believe that the best way to honor the dead is to praise them. When my time is gone, do not praise me for your praise will fall on deadened ears. If you believe in the power of the word speak aloud in my name, if you dare, commit the deed as you believe I might have done, if you can, lift up someone else even though my arms may have been too weak for the task in my own day. As I am leaving you a world, you will soon enough leave one as well, and if that world is better than mine for the sake of your efforts that is all the honor I could hope to imagine.