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Q205. How do the enlightened deal with so-called illusions?

A. I would like to compare their life to a king’s life.



He lives as a king all the time while his men are always replaced.

He doesn’t live where others live,

Nor does he go where others go,

Not because he doesn’t like them or he finds it difficult to live with them,

But because they come to him whenever he needs them and go back when they finish their work.

Sometimes when some of them stay there longer, he is not bothered by them because he knows that they are his men.


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

1 thought on “Q205. How do the enlightened deal with so-called illusions?”

  1. The enlightened man sees both Form and Emptiness.
    Illusions come and go.
    He sees differently to ordinary men.
    He does not attach to illusions or reject them
    So he can use them without suffering.
    He knows their root.
    True Self.


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