Actually he never said anything like this.
But obviously nobody knew any different.
It was Hung-jen that believed that in Mind from which this universe with all its multiplicities issues, but which in itself is simple, undefiled, and illuminating as the sun behind the clouds.
Hui neng the sixth patriarch of Zen, whome was responsible for zen reaching out to Japan as it did, threw a bomb ito the camp by stating, "From the first not a thing is".
This was the forst proclamation made by Hui neng.
If you have not read up about him yet then maybe do so via D.T.Susuki.
The Awaking of Zen, and The Zen Doctrine of No Mind are good to start with, and I would suggest in that order.
Seems like a different flava to what Im seeing on this forum to date.
Many flavas though I