Dogen: Enlightenment is intimacy with all things

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.

– Dogen Zenji

This is a classic in Zen, and the meaning is immediately clear when we notice what we are.

When we find ourselves as capacity for the world, and what our field of experience happens within and as, we find intimacy with all things. We are what all things – to us – happen within and as.

In a conventional sense, there is distance and boundaries. And in reality, whether we notice or not, all our experiences happen within and as us. There is no distance, and boundaries only come from an overlay of mental images and representations.

It’s already that way. There is already more than intimacy with all things. We just need to notice.

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