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Buddhadharma : Spring 2018
66 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY of all things. Our interconnecting, interpenetrating, unobstructed nature is the basis for intelligent empathy resulting in compassionate and wise action. Since a dharma position is interconnecting, interpenetrating, impermanent, and fleeting, it functions within the context of all other dharma positions. In concert, these dharmas practice together and make the world. From this perspective Dogen writes in Zenki (“All Functions”) “life is what I am making it, and I am what life is making me ... life is the self and self is life.” Lest we get too anthro pocentric in our views, he also writes in Uji “each grass and each form itself is the entire earth ... each moment is all being, is the entire world” (Nishijima and Cross). Included in each moment is the entire world and the individual being–timeness of each being making the world. Dogen calls this allinclusive activity gyoji, or continuous practice. Continuous prac tice is the practice–realization of the Buddhist ancestors, and it also includes the continuous practice of all other beings: trees, rocks, insects, etc. It is the wholehearted effort and total presencing of each being in the ten directions within the context of each dharma posi tion or being–time. Dogen writes in Gyoji (“Continuous Practice”): The working of this activityunremitting upholds the self and the other. Its import is such that through one’s activityunremitting the entire earth as well as the whole heaven of the ten directions share in its working. Even if others are unaware of it, and you may be unaware of it, that is the way it is. —translation by Kim, Flowers of Emptiness: Selections from Dogen’s Shobogenzo We can’t really penetrate what Dogen means by being–time if we don’t understand the unique particular moments, things, or events called dharma positions or dharma stages.