Citations from COMMENTARY on Dogen Zenji's
YUIBUTSU YOBUTSU (Only Buddha and Buddha, 唯佛與佛)
from The Formless Self, by Joan Stambaugh
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[Dogen says in the Yuibutsu Yobutsu:]
WHEN YOU have unsurpassed wisdom, you are called buddha. When a
buddha has unsurpassed wisdom, it is called unsurpassed wisdom. Not
to know what it is like on this path is foolish. What it is like is to be
unstained. To be unstained does not mean that you try forcefully to
exclude intention or discrimination, or that you establish a state of
nonintention. Being unstained cannot be intended or discriminated at all.
Being unstained is like meeting a person and not considering what he
looks like. Also it is like not wishing for more color or brightness
when viewing flowers or the moon.
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Being unstained is not something that can be consciously willed or
brought about; any intention simply precludes it. Dogen says that being
unstained is like meeting a person and not considering what he looks
like. Mostly when we meet someone particularly for the first time, but
also subsequently in a different way, we "take stock" and "keep score."
[...] We should just meet a person as he is in his suchness without
considering all the categories and numbers which have little to do
with who that "person" is. After all, person comes from personare,
to sound through, whence comes the idea of a persona. We want to
meet what sounds through.
Similarly we should not wish for more color in the flowers or brightness
in the moon. This "more" is our idealized category, and misses the
flowers and the moon in their suchness, their as-it-is-ness. Overpainting
the landscape ruins the painting. Or one can perhaps see this
as-it-is-ness in a small child before it has become self-conscious.
It just is, and that is its utter charm.
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Dogen translation from Moon in a Dewdrop, ed. by Kazuaki Tanahashi