Dogen on Being Time

Eihei Dogen

One has to accept that in this world there are millions of objects and that each one is, respectively, the entire world—this is where the study of buddhism commences.

Dogen’s insights as to time and being and the views of certain contemporary physicists on time and space parallel each other to a remarkable degree. The difference, however, and a deeply significant one, is in the effect these insights had upon these men. Dogen’s realization, being a Self-discovery, liberated him from the basic anxieties of human existence, bringing him inner freedom and peace and deep moral certainty.

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