Q. How can I take one step further from the top of the 100-foot-high pole?
Master Sekiso said, “You are at the top of the 100-foot-high pole. How will you take one step further?” Another Zen Master of ancient times said, “One who sits on top of the 100-foot pole has not quite attained true enlightenment. Take another step forward from the top of the pole and your body will reveal itself in the 100,000 universes.”
Student: “Why has one who sits on top of the 100-foot pole not quite attained enlightenment?”
Master: “Because he still has somewhere) to sit.”
Student: “How can I take one step further from the top of the 100-foot-high pole?”
Master: “Know what you are standing on now.”
Student: “What am I like when my own body reveals itself in the 100,000 universes?”
Master: “You will have no one to ask this question.”
The true Self never needs anything to depend on, sit on, stand on, or lie down upon because it never stays anywhere.
It never stays anywhere because it is everywhere.
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