Q. What is the interpretation of ‘If someone, when seeing the Buddha, is not attached to Him, he is the one who knows the Buddha’?

A. This scripture can sound a little confusing because the final goal that all Buddhists want to reach is to see the Buddha. Once upon a time a monastic asked his master, “We live on the offerings which laypeople make to the Buddha. Why do you tell us to kill the Buddha?” The master answered, “Because that is the way you can see the Buddha in person.” The Buddha is Emptiness that is the state without any illusion.

Seeing the Buddha means realising Emptiness. When you realise that everything is empty, there is nothing except Emptiness, which is also referred to as Oneness. Then, you yourself are also empty and part of Emptiness, which implies that you are the Buddha itself. The Buddha is Oneness and you are the Buddha. If you happen to see another Buddha other than yourself, that is not the Buddha but an illusion of the Buddha. This is why one who knows the real Buddha is never attracted or allured by the illusion of the Buddha.

©Boo Ahm

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