Q. If there is no soul, or anything resembling God, then what attains nirvana? What is liberated?

A. Do not be confused into thinking that there is nothing at all. If there were nothing at all, what would it be that is asking this question now? Can you say that there is no you, while you are typing this question? If there is nothing and no one, then who is asking, or typing this question? The purpose of Zen meditation is to realise what is asking this question. To realise it is no other than to attain Nirvana and to be liberated.

In order to realise it, you should not be deluded by words such as ‘soul’, ‘God’, ‘Nirvana’ and so on. They are just imaginary labels and not real. That is why masters would say that there is no soul, even no Buddha and that we should kill the Buddha if we see him. When you are free from being fooled by words, you can realise what Nirvana is through experiencing it in person.

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