Total Existence

The myriad dharmas are not arbitrary occurrences, but instances of existence-time – expressions of Buddha – to be ordered and arranged actively by the enlightened mind or passively by the deluded mind. The enlightened mind is the normal human capacity to intentionally discern and distinguish, hence concentrate and unify, the ceaseless-stream of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations, and thoughts ever-advancing into the novelty that has never been hidden:

Total Existence is the Buddha’s words, the Buddha’s tongue, the Buddhist patriarchs’ eyes, and the nostrils of a patch-robed monk. The words “Total Existence” are utterly beyond beginning existence, beyond original existence, beyond fine existence, and so on. How much less could they describe conditioned existence or illusory existence? They are not connected with “mind and circumstances” or with “essence and form” and the like. This being so, object-and-subject as living beings-and-Total Existence is completely beyond ability based on karmic accumulation, beyond the random occurrence of circumstances, beyond accordance with the Dharma, and beyond mystical powers and practice and experience. If the Total Existence of living beings were [ability] based on karmic accumulation, were the random occurrence of circumstances, were accordance with the Dharma, and so on, then the saints’ experience of the truth, the buddhas’ state of bodhi, and the Buddhist patriarchs’ eyes, would also be ability based on karmic accumulation, the occurrence of circumstances, and accordance with the Dharma. That is not so. The whole Universe is utterly without objective molecules: here and now there is no second person at all. [At the same time] “No person has ever recognized the direct cutting of the root”; for “When does the busy movement of karmic consciousness ever cease? [Total Existence] is beyond existence that arises through random circumstances; for “The entire Universe has never been hidden.”

Shobogenzo, Bussho, Gudo Nishijima & Mike Cross

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