Q. If a person knows 30,000 words, does this mean that a clump of brain cells knows these words?

A. When a person has 30,000 words input in his computer, can we say that the memory chip of the computer knows these words? If a person knows 30,000 words, this means that he remembers 30,000 imaginary labels that are the symbols of promises amongst and within certain groups of people.

He can be said to have a great ability to accumulate and store the imaginary labels well in his clump of brain cells, which is a kind of storehouse for the labels, and to retrieve them whenever he wants. What matters here is what it is that stores, retrieves and uses the imaginary labels. That is what we Zen practitioners try to know.

©Boo Ahm

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