Straight Up From Dogen’s Extensive Record

179. Dharma Discourse

[Dogen] said:  The World-Honored One said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions disappears.”

Teacher Wuzu of Mount Fayan said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions crashes together resounding everywhere.” 

Zen Master Yuanwu Keqin of Jiashan said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, in all space in the ten directions flowers are added on to brocade.” 

Teacher Fuxing Fatai said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions is simply all space in the ten directions.”

My late teacher Tiantong [Rujing] said, “Although the World-Honored One made the statement, ‘When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions disappears,’ this utterance cannot avoid becoming an extraordinary assessment.  Tiantong is not like this.  When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, a mendicant breaks his rice bowl.” 

The teacher [Dogen] said:  The previous five venerable teachers said it like this, but Eihei has a saying that is not like theirs.  When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions opens up reality and returns to the source.  

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13642593584289555995 senshin mats fredriksson

    I am slowly recovering from the Panschos and Leftys shootout in Genjo Koan and then the high priest himself mumbling “clear focused all around”and now I am going to reflect on: “all space in the ten directions crashes together resounding everywhere.”……really intresting butWait a minute I just have to pick myself up from the floor, senor.Correct my posture, chin in, back straight- forget my wife and dive right into it again:”Teacher Wuzu of Mount Fayan said, “When one person opens up reality and returns to the source, all space in the ten directions crashes together resounding everywhere.”That sounds like a sudden experience, or to enter through the gate.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05168631752214481563 Harry

    Intuitively, without really considering the implications, I was tempted to render this:When all space in the ten directions crashes together resounding everywhere, one person opens up reality and returns to the source.To the ‘one person’ maybe it can seem sudden?Regards,Harry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04878684373898294730 Dosho Port

    Like looking up and seeing the morning star.

  • Anonymous

    when one person realizes the morning star, all space in the ten directions crashes together and time stops.


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