Zen

Q. Are we in the world, or is the world in us?

A. It depends on how you see. If you confine yourself to your physical body as separate from the world, you are in the world. If you eliminate all names from yourself and remove the boundary of you that defines your body as you, there is nothing, not to mention the world, that is not in you.

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Seeing and hearing everything in the former way is seeing things as forms and seeing and hearing everything in the latter way means seeing things as Emptiness. The ability to see things in both ways at the same time, just as we can see a cup and porcelain at the same time when seeing a porcelain cup, is enlightenment.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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