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When the profound questioning penetrates to the very bottom, and that bottom is broken open, not the slightest doubt will remain that your own mind is itself Buddha, the Void-universe ... Upon such realization question yourself even more intensely in this wise: "My body is like a phantom, like bubbles on a stream. My mind, looking into itself, is as formless as empty-space, yet somewhere within sounds are perceived. Who is hearing?" Should you question yourself in this wise with profound absorption, never slackening the intensity of your effort, your rational mind eventually will exhaust itself and only questioning at the deepest level will reamin. Finally [...] your long held conceptions and notions will perish, after absolute questioning, in the way that every drop of water vanishes from a tub broken open at the bottom [...] but even now repeatedly cast off what has been realized, turning back to the subject that realizes [...] and resolutely go on.

Bassui

I have always been; time cannot leave me. When time is not regarded as a phenomenon which ebbs and flows, the time I climbed the mountain is the present moment of being-time. When time is not thought of as coming and going, this moment is absolute time for me. At the time I climbed the mountain and crossed the river, did I not experience the time I am in this building? Three heads and eight elbows is yesterday's time, a height of sixteen or eighteen feet is today's; but "yesterday" and "today" means the time when one goes straight into the mountains and sees ten thousand peaks. It has never passed. Three heads and eight elbows is my being-time. It seems to be passing, but it is now. Thus the pine is time, as is the bamboo.

Do not regard time as merely flying away; do not think of flying away as its sole function. For time to fly away there would have to be separation. Because you imagine that time only passes, you do not learn the truth of being-time. In a word, every being in the entire world is its own time in one continuum. And since being is time, I am my being-time. Time has the quality of passing, so-to-speak, from today to tomorrow, from today to yesterday, from yesterday to today, from today to today, and from tomorrow to tomorrow. Because this passing is characteristic of time, present time and pass time do not overlap or impinge on one another. But the master Seigen is time, Obasu is time, Sobei is time, Sekito is time. And since you and I are time, practice-enlightenment is time.

Dogen