Master Dogo did not say the guy is "not dead" ... but, simultaneously true, what is there when we drop from mind all mental categories of "life" and "death" "start" and "finish" "coming" and "going" "inside the coffin" and "outside" ?? ... SPEAK! SPEAK! 8)
Blue Cliff Record Case 55: Dogo's Condolence Visit
Master Dogo and [his student] Zengen came to a house [for a funeral] to express condolences. Zengen tapped on the
coffin and said,
"Is this life or death?"
"I don't say life, I don't say death."
"Why don't you?"
"I won't say, I won't say."
Dogen, the great "word-smith" and poet, was not about abandoning words in our practice ... he was about using them in a crafty and "mind shaking" fashion to get at truths beyond truths.
Dogen also said, “This action, that is, cutting the cat, is nothing other than Buddha’s action.”
Ejo said, “What shall we call it?”
Dogen said, “Call it cutting the cat.”
Ejo asked, “Is it a [Karmic] crime or not?”
Dogen said, “Yes, it is a crime.”
Ejo inquired, “How are we able to be released from it?”
Dogen said, “Buddha’s action and the criminal action are separate, yet they both occur in one action.”