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Q. I don’t want to be me anymore, but I don’t want to be anyone else either. What then is left?

Q. I don’t want to be me anymore, but I don’t want to be anyone else either. What then is left?

A. What you want now is what Zen meditation pursues. That is to be had when you can see everything as it is, or when you are enlightened. When you are not you and neither anyone else nor anything else, what then is left is perfection itself, eternity itself, freedom itself and beauty itself, which is your true-Self. This is called God in Christianity and the true-Self, Buddha in Buddhism.

What do you think you are now? Is there anything that is innate, not given by others among the things that define your identity? In order to achieve what you want, eliminate all labels that define you from yourself such as human being, body, mind, man, woman, American, British, tall, short and so on. Keep asking yourself what you are when you are stripped of all these labels. Being able to see and hear yourself free from such labels is enlightenment.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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