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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
buddhadharma| 27 |fall 2007 then we try to depend on them to make us feel that life is worth living. Century after century we have done this, trying to find real spiritual security through making time meaningful. But still there is no solution, because they are all just ornaments. We believe that we can make time meaningful, because we usually suppose that time is running on a road from here to there, toward a certain desti- nation, from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We believe there is a stream of time that flows continuously from the past through the present to the future, so we say that there is one beginning and one end to this world. Then we think that time goes from a beginning to an end with a particular purpose, and we expect that we can make progress and feel satisfied as a result. But if you are seeking to know time in its naked nature, you cannot believe this because time is not a succession of constantly connected moments going toward a certain desti- nation; in the transient stream of time, moments appear and disappear. Impermanence constantly cuts off your life, so every moment is separate. I don’t want to reject ornaments. There’s noth- ing wrong with science, culture, and religion. Ornaments are important. Without ornaments you cannot exist. But if you take those concepts and ideas away, what’s left? Just the transient stream of time! No matter how long you try to make your life meaningful, you cannot find a way to do it unless you face the original nature of time. So before you use ornaments, make those ornaments more mean- ingful by seeing deeply into human life based on time. Be present, from moment to moment, right in the middle of the real stream of time. Timeless Freedom In Shobogenzo, “Uji” (Being-Time), Dogen Zenji says: Open your eyes and let’s see time from a different angle! When you see your life from the La chute, n°16 Denis Darzacq ©DenisDaRzacq/agenceVU