from The Song of the Bird

The Zen master attained enlightenment and wrote the following lines to celebrate it:
“Oh wondrous maroel:
I chop wood!
I draw wafer from the well!”


After enlightenment nothing really changes. The tree is still a tree; people are just what they were before and so are you. You may continue to be as moody or even-tempered, as wise or foolish. The one difference is that you see things with a different eye. You are more detached from it all now. And your heart is full of wonder.

That is the essence of contemplation: the sense of wonder.