‘Some people think that buddha nature is like seeds of grass and trees: when dharma rain is abundant, sprouts and stems grow; branches, leaves, flowers and fruit mature, and their fruit contains seeds. Such a view is an assumption of ordinary people. If you come up with such an assumption, investigate thoroughly that each and every seed, flower, and fruit itself is pure mind.’ (Shobogenzo Bussho)

The Bussho (Buddha Nature) fascicle is long and dense, and features Dogen typically gnawing away at language to make his deepest point, but it also shows him using a simple analogy to get us to question our own usual way of thinking.

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