As a young man, these were Dogen's questions:
Since we all already are 'Buddha-nature' , why do we need to practice?
How are we 'originally enlightened' if we don't feel so?
Tazunuru ni sore, dô moto enzû, ikadeka shushô o karan,
Now, when we pursue the truth, the truth originally is all around: why rely upon practice and experience? (NISHIJIMA)The Way is originally perfect and all-pervading. How could it be contingent on practice and realization? (SZTP)