Unoccupied garden seat, NYC
JUNGLE SEATS SPARROW GANESHA

Citation from Dogen Zenji's
SANGAI YUISHIN 三界唯心 (The Three Worlds are Only Mind)
Shobogenzo, the Eye and Treasury of the True Law,
trans. by Nishiyama & Stevens
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GREAT MASTER Gensha-in Soitsu once asked Great Master Jizo-in Shino, 
"What is your understanding of 'the three worlds are only mind?'"
Shino pointed at a chair and said, "What do you call this?" Gensha
said, "A chair." Shino said, "Then you don't know anything about 'the
three worlds are only mind.'" Gensha said, "I also call it a bamboo
tree. What do you call it?" Shino answered, "I also call it a bamboo
tree." Then Gensha said, "Everywhere throughout the great earth it
is impossible to find anyone who has attained the Buddhist Dharma."

The point of Gensha's "What is your understanding of 'the three
worlds are only mind?" is that whether you understand it or not, it
is still the same 'three worlds are only mind.' In either case we can
say that the three worlds are only mind. Shino pointed at a chair
and said, "What do you call this?" We must know that Gensha's "What
is your understanding?" is the same as Shino's "What do you call it."

Is Gensha's "chair" a word used in the three worlds or not? Is it
related to words used in the three worlds or not? Did the chair
say it, or did Gensha say it? We should look into such questions
and [by ourselves] derive some insight from them.
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