Flowers Fall - A Commentary on Zen Master Dōgen’s Genjōkōan
means waking up to the world of oneness. Unenlightened people look at
everything dualistically: self and other, subject and object, delusions
and enlightenment, this world and the Pure Land, unenlightened persons
and buddhas, form and emptiness. Even if one tries to get rid of that
duality by mouthing the theory that “form is emptiness,” the seam of
“is” remains. It’s not the seamless stupa.
The actual experience
of enlightenment comes springing forth in the realm of true oneness. And
with that, one sometimes cries out in astonishment. One becomes aware
that the whole universe is just the single seamless stupa. It’s not some
simplistic kind of thing like a reflection in a mirror.