Hakuun Yasutani, "Flowers Fall"

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.

"Mountains and rivers are not seen in a mirror." It's not that mountains, rivers, and the earth are reflected in one's mind-mirror. That's okay when we are using metaphors for thoughts and consciousness. But what we are speaking of now is the realm of the actual experience of enlightenment. The self is the mountains, rivers, and earth; the self is the sun and moon and the stars.

The great earth has not
A single lick of soil;
New Year's first smile.

"Not another person in the whole universe." One side is all there is, without a second or third to be found anywhere. If one calls this subject, everything is subject and that's all. There is no object anywhere. It's the true mind-only. It's snatching away away the objective world but not the person. If one calls this object, everything is object and that's all. There is no subject anywhere. It's snatching away the person but not the objective world. It's the true matter-only. Whichever one you say, only the label changes and it is the same thing. While Dogen Zenji calls this completely self, he also calls it completely other. It's all self. It's all other. This is the meaning of "when one side is realized the other side is dark." This is also called "one side exhausts everything." It's the whole thing, being complete with one, exhausting everything with one."
3 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    How to practice surrender, and surrender to God's Will?


  2. Soh Says:

    I don't practice the path of surrender.

    This should help:

    http://www.innerfrontier.org/Practices/SurrenderingToTheDivine.htm

    https://hridaya-yoga.com/hridaya-yoga-articles/ramana-maharshi-about-surrender/

    http://www.innerfrontier.org/Practices/JacobsLadder.htm


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks