In the Lotus Sutra the Buddha says all living beings will become Buddhas.
This may be the source of our belief that we practice, not to become Buddha, but from the perspective of Buddha.
Not to make the person into a Buddha, but to displace the person.
Dogen radicalises this further by declaring seemingly humble objects Buddhas. Drum Buddha. Stick Buddha, Broken Ladle Buddha, and so on.
It’s not affectation. It is pointing to something important and real.
The Lotus Sutra also says that only a Buddha, together with a Buddha, can see how things are.
Usually on our window ledge there are two ceramic buddhas. We bought them in a junk shop 30 years ago.
On Saturday a gust of wind blew these two Buddhas over, damaging them.
A Buddha, together with a Buddha, fell to the ground.
When we saw this we were upset. But we didn’t see this activity as part of the limitless expression of apparently humble objects. It is not that through our brilliance we impose multiple teachings on humble objects, nor that they express these teachings themselves. But together. Together.