How do you see this scripture as a Zen practitioner?

John 14:8 Jesus answered, “For a long time I have been with you all; yet you do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”


When Jesus said, “Yet you don’t know me”, he didn’t mean that his students didn’t see his physical body but meant that they didn’t see what he is when his body is not him that is referred to as the Father, God and the true-Self, the Buddha in Buddhism. So, he went on to say, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” In Buddhism, the Diamond Sutra also has a similar phrase by Buddha ‘Those who try to see me through my voice and figure cannot see Buddha’.



There is another scripture that can help us to understand this scripture. John 14:20 says, “I am in you and you are in me.” In conclusion, this scripture means that to see Jesus in ourselves is to see the Father. In other words, we should be able to see people around us as the God instead of being deluded by the illusion of God created by our imagination. Furthermore, if we can see what we are when our bodies are not us, we can see the Father.


Student: “Where is the God?”

Master: “In your mouth.”



©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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