Q. Doesn’t this world stay the same to others?
A. Yes, it absolutely does. Everything stays the same to everyone all the time, but it doesn’t look the same to all of us because we can’t see it as it is. So, it can be said that there are as many worlds as there are living things that reside there since each of them has its own respective perspectives that are different from one another. In other words, each of us has his own world. To see the world as different and various, according to one’s karma, is to see the realm of forms and to see the world as the same, is to see the realm of Emptiness, Oneness.
When we can see it as the same, there can’t be any conflicts between individuals or between communities, such as nations. However, aside from whether it is good or bad, it is our different viewpoints that not just get us into conflicts but also make our lives colourful and exciting. The purpose of Zen meditation is to see the world in both ways; as both the same and different. That is to enjoy diversity without conflict.
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