A pernicious and invisible delusion for practitioners is that there
is an inside and an outside to experience: We should cleanse inner
experience by eradicating thoughts and noise, and our experience of the
world will be transformed.
But of course, there isn’t an inner and an outer, there’s just this
experience, within which there is inner and outer, self and world, mind
and body, and all the other familiar created dualities.
Our task isn’t to change this experience, but to listen to it. Really listen. Listen with our ears. Listen with our eyes. Listen with our skin. Listen with our breath. Listen with our listening.
The scarecrow standing over a small rice paddy would often be dressed in black, like a monk. He protects that which feeds all beings. So, Dogen is talking about the practitioner and the dharma, and the relationship between them.
Because the scarecrow is fully expressing himself, the rice, the birds, the mountain and all things can fully express themselves. Likewise the bird. Likewise the mountain.
Because the mountain is unseen, the eyes of duality are closed. Because this is so, all being leaps out of a picture and is whole, not fractured.
The scarecrow does not eat yet all things are fed
Since, unlike a Hungry Ghost, the scarecrow is not
Compiled by Zen Master Yuanwu Keqin (Engo Kokugon, 1063-1135)
One, seven, three, five. The truth you search for cannot be grasped. As night advances, a bright moon illuminates the whole ocean; The dragon’s jewels are found in every wave, Looking for the moon, it is here, in this wave, in the next.