Q. Masters argue that all words are just illusions, even saying that all the Sutras are Mara’s talks. Then, how should we accept the Sutras?

A. Masters’ words, such as these, mean that we should not cling to words, intellectual understanding of the Sutras, not that we should ignore, or leave them out of our consideration altogether. Being attached to words can be compared to making matters worse by putting oral medicine into our eyes and ears instead of swallowing it. To cling to the intellectual understanding of the Sutras and Dharma talks is ridiculous, but to assume that they mean nothing at all is hopeless.

Although the atlas shows the way to our destination, it is not our destination itself. Mistaking the atlas as our true destination is ridiculous, but discarding the atlas is hopeless. Once we have reached our destination, the map is of no use to us any longer.

©Boo Ahm

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