‘You should know that becoming a buddha is not something new or ancient. How could practice-realization be within any boundary? Do not say that from the beginning not a single thing exists. The causes are complete, and the results are fulfilled through time. Great assembly, please tell me, why is it like this?

After a pause Dogen said: Opening flowers will unfailingly bear the genuine fruit; green leaves meeting autumn immediately turn red.’ (Eihei Koroku, discourse 526)

I might be so bold as to add that Dogen’s words are not carried over from the past and they are not merely arising now. How do they sound to you?

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