Zen

Q. How is realising the ‘ultimate truth’ not being judgmental?

A. If we rephrase ‘not being judgmental’, it means to see and hear everything without attaching any names to it. As soon as you put a name, an imaginary line, on anything, numerous judgments come along with it from out of thin air. In fact, such judgements are also all imaginary lines since they are created based on names, imaginary lines. For example, upon your naming something a table, countless judgments such as antique, modern, expensive, cheap, wooden, steel, plastic, big, small and so on will follow it. Judgments thrive on names and judgments themselves feed new judgments. In other words, illusions thrive on illusions and they feed each other. That is why ancient masters would say that all the universe is from an illusion.

If you can stop being judgmental, that is, if you can see or hear even a single thing without attaching any name to it, you can realise the ultimate truth named the Buddha or the true-Self in Buddhism and God in Christianity.

©Boo Ahm

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