A. Where can you shun the Way, the Buddha? It is impossible to shun it even for a moment wherever you are. Even when you close your eyes and your ears, you cannot cease to see and hear it. At the very moment you are reading this, it is revealing itself before your eyes. When you drink tea, it is in the tea, in the cup, in the teaspoon, in the coaster and in the table.
In other words, there is nothing that is not the Way. Even your body is part of it. According to the Avatamsaka Sutra, the Buddha, the Way appears all around the universe in the various shapes, sounds and names of all sentient beings. That is why ancient masters would say that there is no other Way other than that which reaches your eyes and ears. The key problem is not where the Way is but how you can recognise it.
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