Daily Zen November edition On the Way


Same Reality, Different Dreams

      Foyan (1067-1120)

People may sleep on the same bed, under the same covers, yet their individual dreams are not the same. An ancient sage said, "We share the same one reality, yet do not realize it."
For example, within the single reality of life and death, there are those who can enter into life and death without being bound by life and death, and there are those who are bound by life and death in the midst of life and death. In the midst of the same common reality, one person is bound while another is freed; is this not the individual differences in the dreams?
You usually make birth and death into one extreme, and absence of birth and death into another extreme; you make thinking into one extreme and non-thinking into another extreme; you make speech into one extreme and non-speech into another extreme.

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