Zen

Q. How can we prove the existence of the Buddha? Why doesn’t He reveal Himself clearly?

A. The truth is not that Buddha hides Himself but that we cannot see Him. We should not blame Buddha for our being unable to see Him. Let me quote a dialogue between a Master and his student. When they heard birds singing during a walk one day, the master said to his student, “What sound is it?”

The student answered, “The sound of birds.” The master said, “Don’t speak ill of the Buddha’s Dharma talk unless you want to go to hell.” The master’s words imply that the Buddha is present everywhere all the time. We don’t recognise Him who is revealing himself before us. The only way we can prove the existence of the Buddha is to recognise Him in person. Zen meditation is a means of attaining the way to recognise Him.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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