When I said to relax they looked relaxed like everybody else, but there was a qualitative difference. When you relax you know the purpose, the meaning, the significance. They were relaxing just because everybody else was relaxing. But even relaxing, they would open their eyes and look around: What kind of relaxation…?
The whole effort is to forget the whole world. That’s why I even say, “Leave the body, leave the mind,” so that you can discriminate clearly what is consciousness. And this consciousness is the buddha. While you are in that consciousness you are at the highest peak of life. Just the very freedom on those heights makes one dance, sing like the birds, blossom like flowers. With no effort it happens – spontaneously. That’s why after the meditation I want you always to sit for a few minutes to gather the experience, the heights, the fragrance of those depths; so that you can go on slowly remaining a buddha all the year round.
And remember, once a buddha you are always a buddha. Nobody has fallen from that point. It is just against nature.
When Hsuan-Sha became enlightened he said to other monks, “The whole universe is a brilliant jewel of the buddha-mind.”
What he is saying – what is being said by every buddha – is that the moment one becomes enlightened, he cannot see anything that is not enlightened. He sees trees standing silently in enlightenment, and the moon, brilliant in enlightenment. Your enlightenment makes you a universal consciousness – you are no more separate. It is not that you have become enlightened; for you the universe has become enlightened. And naturally, with an enlightened universe you cannot misbehave. You can only be grateful to all that exists.
Even the darkest nights don’t create a complaint in you, but just a deep peace and a waiting, because soon there will be morning. The darker the night, the closer the sun. But night itself is a joy. The day has its own joys. Every moment has its own flavor. For the enlightened person, remember, it is not that he is enlightened. On the contrary, for him the whole existence has become enlightened…all light and all consciousness, all truth and all beauty.
Hsuan-Sha’s statement after his enlightenment…
The whole universe is a brilliant jewel of the buddha-mind.
Nothing is other than Buddha.
Dogen continued: This brilliant jewel is originally nameless, but provisionally we gave it such a name.