the moronic masses
you can't take a basic like assuming buddha existed historically when he didn't
you will notice dogen uses "buddha" metaphorically and not historically !
“between the dull and the sharp-witted there is no distinction ”
well that's not true, dogen for sure was dull witted because despite being a monk and having heaps of time he didn't start to "get it" until the end of his life !
whereas akahito and basho always got it