Dream Catchers
Muchu Setsumu (夢中説夢)
Giving Expression to the Vision within the Vision
(Photo: Native American "Dream Catchers")
from Dogen Zenji's SHOBOGENZO 
translation by Kosen Nishiyama & John Stevens (Vol. 2)
___ ___ ___

"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting
And cometh from afar."
~ Williiam Wordsworth (1770-1850) 
___ ___ ___

[In the Muchu Setsumu, Dogen Zenji says:] 
 "'Speaking of the Way with one verse, and comprehension that is beyond words and explanations are nothing more than explaining a dream within a dream. The thousand hands and eyes [of Avalokitesvara] work spontaneously and...[he/she] has the ability to see and hear through ears and eyes. The explaining of a dream within a dream, present in our body and contained within the proclaiming of the Law of a dream, is both totally bound and completely free.

"'Direct pointing' is explaining the dream; hitting the bull's-eye is explaining the dream. We are totally bound and completely free to evaluate all things with equanimity. At such a level surely we have accurate judgment and then explaining a dream within a dream emerges. If there is no evaluation and no equality, then equanimity cannot be actualized. However if we attain equanimity, we can see equanimity.
__ __ __

(Zen Master) DOGEN ZENJI'S (道元禅師)
(Gender Inclusive) STUDIES OF THE WAY (學道) | (INDEX)
95-Fascicle SHOBOGENZO (正法眼蔵) & Other Writings
Photo credit (Top): earlywomenmasters.net