Solar System
(Dogen & Ecology) COMMENTARY on DOGEN ZENJI'S
UJI (有時), THE TIME-BEING
Citation from MINDFULLY GREEN by Stephanie Kaza — from
Chapter One: Seeking Green Principles: Embracing the Deep View
NASA Photo: Earth's Solar System to Scale
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  In the Flower Ornament Sutra, the Buddha speaks of "ten penetrations" as yet another deep view of time and existence. The culminating tenth aspect is: "All times penetrate our time. One time penetrates all times — past, present, and future. In one second, you can find the past, present, and future." What are we to make of this seemingly mystical teaching? Thirteenth-century Zen master Eihei Dogen took this up in his essay on Time-Being. "Each moment is all being, is the entire world. Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of the present moment." From a systems (•) perspective, this is deeply logical. The traces of systems activity reflect what has come before (the cumulative feedback), and the current systems as we see them are in this very moment shaping what will arrive in the future.

This deep view of time reinforces a sense of self as process more than thing, a sense that we are always arising, right alongside all other beings spontaneously becoming themselves as well. Within this dynamic universe of existence, we are very much situated in systems of time and space. And it is within these specific systems we are able to act. As participating agents in political, economic, family and environmental systems, we can make a difference. The evidence is all around us. How will we choose to act?
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  (*) systems: defined by the author as "larger contexts we are part of."
UJI quotation from Moon in a Dewdrop, translated by
Dan Welch and Kazuaki Tanahashi.

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