citation from Dogen Zenji's
KOKYO 古鏡 (The Primordial Mirror )
Citation from FLOWERS OF EMPTINESS, trans. by Hee-Jin Kim
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Dogen Zenji says:
"Buddha ancestors have received and transmitted the primordial mirror. They see the same [mirror] and are seen by the same [mirror]: they are the images of the same [mirror] and are molded into the same [mirror]: they practice the same mirror and verify the same mirror." [...] If the past comes, the past appears; if the present comes, the present appears. If Buddhas come the buddhas appear: if ancestors come, the ancestors appear."
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The following is Hee Jin Kim's enlightened reflection on Dogen's use of the Japanese term, KOKYÔ, meaning the "Primordial Mirror," that is, as the essential nature of being, and which is shared at heart with the infinite variety of all existence, sentient and non-sentient:

"The KO ("ancient," "old") in KOKYÔ (the "primordial Mirror") does not mean antiquity of or oldness in opposition to modernity or newness in the temporal scheme of things, but rather, timelessness or primordiality. Likewise the KYÔ ("mirror") does not imply the usual dualism of reflecting mirror and reflected object, nor of reflecting mind and reflected universe: it is rather the mirror in which reflector and reflected, mind and universe, are non-dually identical. Thus the primordial mirror signifies our original mind which is non-dually one with the total universe."
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