The Many Don’t ‘make-up’ The One Mind – The Many Are The One Mind

Dogen was also persistent in stressing that when the Zen masters identify the ‘one mind’ as the ‘myriad dharmas’ they are not speaking generally or arbitrarily. ‘The many’ is not reducible to ‘the ‘one,’ ‘the one’ is not made-up of ‘the many’ – ‘the one’ is identical to ‘the many’ and vice versa. Just as ‘one family’ is constituted of and by ‘all its particular members,’ the ‘one universe’ is constituted of and by ‘all its particular times-and-places.’ In short, as ‘all its members’ is ‘a family,’ the myriad dharmas’ is ‘the universe.’ Dogen clarifies:

‘The mind that has been authentically transmitted’ means one mind as all dharmas, and all dharmas as one mind.

Shobogenzo, Soku-shin-ze-butsu (Trans. Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross)

Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Search for a New Worldview p.94