Thanks to Brad Warner and his book “Sit Down and Shut Up.” This was a serious pimp slap for me.
Quote from Shobogenzo, Chapter 53, “Mujo Seppo” translated by Gudo Nishijima and Chodo Cross
“The whole Universe in the ten directions* is a sramana’s** one eye.” We should not consider, by intellectual comparison, that to hear sound through this eye may be as in the founding Patriarch’s (Bodhidharma?) words hearing sound through the eyes.
“Although we study the words of the ancient that “The whole Universe is the ten directions is one eye,” the whole of the ten directions is just one eye, And furthermore, there are thousands of eyes on the tips of the fingers. There are thousands of eyes of the right Dharma. There are thousands of eyes in the ears, there are thousands of eyes on the tip of the tongue, there are thousands of eyes on the tip of the mind, there are thousands of eyes of the thoroughly realized mind, there are thousands of eyes of the thoroughly realized body, there are thousands of eyes on top of a stick, there are thousands of eyes in the moment before the body, there are thousands of eyes in the moment before the mind, there are thousands of eyes of death in death, there are thousands of eyes of liveliness in liveliness, there are thousands of eyes of the self, there are thousands of eyes of the eternal world, there are thousands of eyes in the concrete place of eyes, there are thousands of eyes of learning in practice, there are thousands of eyes aligned vertically, and there are thousands of eyes aligned horizontally. Thus we study that the totality of the eyes is the whole Universe, but still this is not physical mastery of the eyes. We should make it an urgent task to investigate, through the eyes, [the action of] just hearing the ***non-emotional preaching of the Dharma.
My Personal Footnotes:
* The Ten Directions are North, North East, North West, East, West. South East, South West, South, Up and Down.”
**Sramana ” from Wikipedia: Śramaṇa refer to renunciate ascetic traditions from the middle of the 1st millennium BCE.They were individual, experiential and free-form traditions, independent of society; and in religious competition with Brahmin priests, who as opposed to Śramaṇas, stressed mastery of texts and performing rituals. (AUTHOR’S NOTE: So a “sranama’s eye is the eye of a non-affiliated practitioner? WTF?”)
*** The “Non-Emotional Preaching of the Dharma” is how reality itself preaches the Dharma to itself and the emotionally blinded others. This Dharma is beyond human reasoning because humans must feel first to think. Every human thought has a precursor of human emotion. So, by that definition people, cannot experience the “non-emotional Dharma” because an emotion is require for a thought to occur.