rivers into islands

rivers into islands

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What Is This

Im oo ko.
What is this?

In the Genjokoan, Dogen Zenji wrote:
Once firewood turns to ash, the ash cannot turn back to being
firewood.  Still, one should not take the view that is ashes afterward
and firewood before. One should realize that although firewood is a the
dharma-stage of firewood, and that this is possessed of before and after,
the firewood is beyond before and after.

…the dharma-stage of firewood…is the whole universe.  Only in the realm of the Whole is there before and after.

Thus each moment, though absolutely distinct, is simultaneously the entire universe.
Dainan Katagiri, You Have to Say Something.

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