Zen

Q. Is it possible to attain enlightenment with love and hate?

A. Why do you think that you cannot attain enlightenment with love and hate? Love and hate are essential to enlightenment. Without them, enlightenment is impossible. The problem is not that you have love and hate but that you don’t know what love and hate are.

When you, unaware of the root of them, are deluded by them, they are referred to as illusions, whereas they are compassion itself when you, having realised that they are the functions of the true-Self, can enjoy them without being deluded by them, in the same way that you watch a film. Remember that enlightenment is not to remove them but to realise that the essence of them is no other than the true-Self, itself.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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