CITATIONS from Dogen Zenji's
空華 KUGE (FLOWERS OF EMPTINESS)
from Flowers of Emptiness, trans. by Hee-Jin Kim
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There are indeed a number of ways to study the flowers of emptiness: seeing with dim eyesight and seeing with clear eyesight; seeing with a buddha's eyesight and seeing with an ancestor's eyesight; seeing with the Way's eyesight and seeing with the blind's eyesight (*); seeing with three thousand years and seeing with eight hundred years; seeing with a hundred kalpas and seeing with immeasurable kalpas. Though each of these ways sees the "flowers of emptiness" the "emptiness" is instrinsically variegated, and the "flowers" are manifold. (**)
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(*) Translator's Note:
"'The blind's eyesight' in Ch'an/Zen is often employed ironically to refer to enlightened vision."
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(**) Comment on Helen Keller as a modern expression of Bodhisattva Vimalakirti,
from FACES OF COMPASSION, by Taigen Den Leighton (p.303):
 "Vimalakirti used his malady to clarify its underlying cause in the delusions of all beings. Helen Keller, perhaps the most acclaimed disabled person in modern times, found the spiritual resources to function with wisdom and power within the limitations of being blind and deaf. She became an educator to the public about the possibilities still available to the disabled and then, like Vimalakirti, went beyond, to express radical concern and care for all suffering beings."

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