Dogen, the sixth patriarch of Zen…

“The sixth patriarch of Zen heard two monks arguing, one saying it is the flag moving, one saying it is the wind moving. As they argued ceaselessly back and forth like this, the patriarch said, “It is not the wind moving, it is not the flag moving–it is your minds moving.”

Dogen

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