Enlightenment, illusion, Meditation, self, Truth, Zen

Q66. Though I know everything is an illusion, I still get angry easily with small things, and regret it later. The regret lasts long, bothering me, which, in turn, makes me angry again. What shall I do?

A. Though you know everything is an illusion, it can be said, you have never experienced the fact in person. Knowing everything is an illusion is quite different from experiencing in person the truth that everything is an illusion. If you were aware that everything is an illusion, why wouldn’t you know that you yourself are also an illusion and that your anger and your regret are also an illusion? What else would matter when not only your anger and regret but also you are an illusion?

Don’t rule out anything from everything.

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Trace back your agony to its root, and you will experience the truth that everything including you is an illusion.

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway.

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