Q. What is the meaning of ‘It is not so difficult to get you out of your house, but it is very difficult to get your house out of you’?

A. This phrase shows well how difficult it is to remove illusions from our minds. Even if you refuse to get out of your house, it is possible to get your physical body out of your house in one way or another such as by using physical force. However, the illusion of your house cannot be removed as easily as your physical body can. For example, once you see something as a house, the thing takes root as a house in your mind. From then on, whenever you see it, you look upon it as a house, and whenever hearing the word ‘house’, you, imagining the shape of the thing, identify the word with it. We are too addicted to this habit to be freed from it easily. Escaping from the habit is referred to as enlightenment.

Student: “How can I get the house out of me?”

Master: “Don’t try in vain to remove a horn of a rabbit.”

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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