“If someone wants to know how the many things really are, they should remember that besides appearing square or round, the qualities of the oceans and qualities of the mountains are infinitely numerous; there are worlds in the four directions. Not only the periphery is like this; remember, the immediate present and a single drop of water are also like this.”
This then, is the reason why throughout the Shobogenzo, Dogen is so vehement about continuous, ongoing practice and enlightenment. The buddha-dharma that is the universe is full of numerous qualities and wonders without end. There are “worlds in the four directions,” even in this present moment, and in a single drop of water. Your enlightenment is the enlightenment of the universe. Your awareness is the awareness of the universe. The Zen path of practice and enlightenment is the universe aware of itself, exploring itself, and experiencing itself.
~The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing
by Ted Biringer