It is also called the four abodes of mindfulness.
The first is the observation that the body is not pure.
The second is the observation that feeling is suffering.
The third is the observation that mind is without constancy.
The fourth is the observation that Dharma is without self.
To say that “the observation that the body is not pure,” is that one skin bag observed as a body now is the whole universe in ten directions. Because this is the true body, it is the observation that the body is not pure, springing up on the road of liveliness. But for springing up, it would be impossible to observe, it would be without body. It would be impossible to practice, it would be impossible to preach, it would be impossible to observe. But the manifestation of observed attainment is already present, remember it is the realization of vivid springing up. The so-called observed realization is everyday activity of living, sweeping the ground and sweeping the floor. Because we sweep the ground, upon what number moon it is, and sweep the ground and sweep the floor upon what precisely second moon this is, it is suchness of the whole earth.
“The observation that the body is not pure.” is that observing the body now, when you see the body, it is entirely wrapped with skin, all the way through. Within it, there are flesh, bones, vessels, entrails and so on, what is made up with various things is the body of human beings. It is also called the stinking skin body. It is said that there are a lot of smelly things in this body. That is how we describe the human body.
That's how much this skin bag is the whole universe in ten direction. But in general, we haven’t learned it like that. We are taught that this (pointing his body) is only this much, dividing just this, that only this is the self and the rest is out of yourself. You cannot know what is going on, if you don’t see with your own eyes. You cannot know what sounds are like if you don't hear them with your own ears. You know nothing at all, if you don’t rely on this (the body and mind). It's all based on this that we understand. That is why we learn to how we really are, being said Kojikyumei; to know oneself. We can know everything if we study this one.
“Because this is the true body,” your body and mind isn’t like that, is it? What I am saying is unbelievable? Is there anyone who has a doubt? Anyone who is against it? That can’t be. “it is the observation that the body is not pure, springing up on the road of liveliness.” It is the active lively state, the road of liveliness is. What is called life is written being lively and being active. It is really amazing.
“But for springing up, it would be impossible to observe,” If it were not for springing up, it would be impossible to see. Its meaning is if you are concerned with the previous matter forever, you cannot observe the state of now clearly. Clap! Clap! (clapped his both hands) When I make sound like this, Clap! If you call the previous sound in question, you cannot hear the sound. If you want really to hear a sound, you should observe the state where the sound of now is just sounding like this. Clap! Clap! That sort of thing is said but for springing, it is said that you must spring up. While you are likely to deal with the previous issue, you cannot touch the real sound.It is the same with things. When you see this side like this, if you take up what you saw before, you cannot see this correctly. The same can be said of everyday affairs in the living. You may possibly live such, you live on the state that you cannot see the truth. That is why you take up things of the past and grumble in disregard of that the vivid lively living is unfolding now.
It would be without body, “it would be without body.” “It would be impossible to practice, it would be impossible to preach,” You cannot obtain and preach. You cannot practice and you cannot observe. What ‘s more, after seeing such a thing, there remains no sign of “I”, It is wondrous that various things are taken up. But you don’t have to worry, “But the manifestation of observed attainment is already present,” is the way to be relieved for you. It says that everybody has already accomplished. It has been done, because the manifestation has reached. It has already been accomplished as such now.“remember it is the realization of vivid springing up.” There is none who are doing what happened before. Holding a pencil like this, there is none who is doing the previous event when writing. What do you think? When writing this, you cannot do the previous matter. There only exists the state you are writing now. That much you are separated from all things. Master Dogen sees through such a fine thing like this.
“The so-called observed realization is everyday activity of living, sweeping the ground and sweeping the floor.” So called observation is everyday living, acting, the life. Tomorrow you are going to do cleaning, though, it is that you sweep the front, sweep the ground, and dusting the alcove. It is the everyday occurrence. It says that things of that kind have already been acted practically. When sweeping ground, you are not doing the previous event. You always do what you are doing now like this. But human beings, even though it is like that, are concerned with what they did before rather than what you are doing now. Therefore, it doesn’t become clean when cleaning finished. They saw, they must have seen, though, but they didn’t see. They seem to have touched, but they have not touched the thing of now. All the time their mind has gone somewhere. You should be careful. On this point, it can be said.
“Because we sweep the ground, upon what number moon it is, and sweep the ground and sweep the floor upon what precisely the second moon this is, it is suchness of the whole earth.” In this part, it is only said that we don’t do what was in the past. You should really look carefully. What you are doing now just exists as it is. The content is the supreme state which you seek for. There is no dust to brush. It is not such cleaning like you wipe as it is dirty, or you sweep as it is dirty. It is the Buddhist priest’s work, the work which is done in a temple. General cleaning is the degree that you make it clean because it is dirty or unclean. The Buddhist work in a temple is not so. When doing like this, the body and mind become purified depending on it. There is entirely no previous thing left. It is good you make it clean to that extent.