You are a folded paper crane that believes it can fly.* **
* But before you become overly depressed at your non-existence, keep in mind that such knowledge is liberating. It reveals that mental limitations on 'who you are' were also a fiction all along.
* * And, anyway, by another of Master Dogen's "simultaneously true" alternative perspectives (that we'll discuss in a day or so), your individual self is as real as real can be, actualized and confirmed by the whole universe. In fact, you are the only "you" in the whole universe (can you be another?), and are the universe too. Paper cranes can fly.
To learn Buddhism is to learn ourselves. To learn ourselves is to forget ourselves. To forget ourselves is to be experienced by millions of things and phenomena. To be experienced by millions of things and phenomena is to let our own body and mind, and the body and mind of the external world, fall away. [Then] we can forget the [mental] trace of realization, and show the [real] signs of forgotten realization continually, moment by moment. When a person first seeks the Dharma, he is far removed from the borders of Dharma. But as soon as the Dharma is authentically transmitted to the person himself, he is a human being in his own true place. [Nishijima]
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