…Zen is in past/present/future. Dogen was the first thinker to transcend the notion of a ‘timeline’. The past doesn’t exist except in remnants; the future doesn’t exist except in theory. People cause an infinitude of problems and conflicts in the present because of these two delusions. If we can learn to hang in the balance of the present and act with diligence, we find peace. If we remain clinging to various extremes and externalities, we stay stuck.