Zen

Q. What is the meaning of ‘The Buddha is illusionary. Illusions are to speak ill of him’?

A. ‘The Buddha is illusionary’ implies that there is no other Buddha than that which reaches your eyes and ears. If you, imagining that there is a Buddha who is almighty, holy, glorious and splendid somewhere else out of your reach, seek to see or meet him, you are being deluded by the illusion of the Buddha, that is, you are chasing after the illusion of the Buddha.

In fact, there is nothing but the Buddha. We cannot stop seeing and hearing him even for a moment. Only when we are deluded by the names and forms of that which we see and hear are they referred to as illusions. In essence they are all part of the Buddha. When we see them as they really are, we can recognise them as the Buddha. So, calling the Buddha an illusion is belittling him. This is why illusions are to speak ill of him.

©Boo Ahm

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