If you tell me I am wrong, you are praising me for being right. Guess I can't win.
Even a Zen guy must scratch his head over what the heck that means!?!
As all things are buddha-dharma, there are delusion, realization, practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings [elephants and imaginary elephants]. As myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death [no elephants or imaginary elephants]. The buddha way, in essence, is leaping clear of abundance and lack; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas [elphants and imaginary elephants].
Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water [at the elephants' drinking hole ]. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water.
Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky [shining as bright as an elephant's eye].
A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. [An elephant runs in the jungle, and no matter how far it runs there is no end to the jungle.] However, the fish and the bird [and the elephant] have never left their elements. When their activity is large their field is large. When their need is small their field is small. Thus, each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm. If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. If the fish leaves the water it will die at once [if the elephant leaves the jungle, well, it will probably be okay ... but you get the point! ]. Know that water is life and air is life [and the jungle is life]. The bird is life and the fish is life [and the elephant is life]. Life must be the bird and life must be the fish [and life must be the elephant].
http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/ ... oKoan8.htm