We have encountered several "simultaneously true
" perspectives of Master Dogen which vanquish suffering (and in coming sections of Genjo Koan and Shobogenzo, we will encounter countless more)...
... the separate, abiding 'self' is
, is not
, absolutely is just-as-it-is
, etc.etc. ...
By these simultaneous perspectives, and others, we find no grounds to resist in life. But still, notes Master Dogen ...
Though all this may be true, flowers fall even if we love them,
and weeds grow even if we hate them,
and that is all.
Life is a time to laugh, time to weep, to everything a season. Each in its own time, says the old book.
And All is One, adds the Zen teacher. Through a many-layered view of things, each time holds all others, is-not and just-is too: Beyond tears and smiles, in abiding Peace, a tear rolls down Master Dogen's cheek. Old Buddhas smile and Old Buddhas cry.