citation from Dogen Zenji's|
(The Mind of Ancient Buddhas)
Flowers of Emptiness, trans. by Hee-Jin Kim
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Once a monk asked the National Teacher:
"What is the mind of ancient buddhas?"
The master replied: "Walls, partitions, tiles, pebbles."
The question means: 'this is thusness and that is thusness.' The monk
turned the expression into a question, one which has become the
expression of all ages.
For this reason, myriad trees and countless grasses with flowers
blooming are the expressions of the ancient buddhas, the questions of
ancient buddhas. The nine mountains and the eight seas in the world
arising are the sun aspect and the moon aspect of ancient buddhas,
the skin, fresh, bones, and marrow of ancient buddhas. [...]
[And] therefore we should ask,
"What are walls, partitions, tiles and pebbles?"
And we should answer,
"The mind of ancient buddhas."
After having grasped this, investigate further.
What should the walls and partitions in question be like?
What are these things we call walls
What are their present shapes?
We must investigate these questions carefully.
Do we cause walls and partitions to appear
by building them?
Or do walls and partitions create our building?
Are they constructed or are they not constructed?
Shall we construe them as sentient or nonsentient?
Are they present or are they not present
before our eyes?
When we endeavor to study in this manner, the mind of ancient
buddhas, whether of gods or humans, whether in this world
or another, is walls, partitions, tiles, pebbles. Never has the mind
of ancient buddhas been defiled by a single particle of dust.
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