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.  

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