Q. Where is the Buddha when illusions arise?

A. The core of Buddhism is non-duality. Illusions are neither separate nor different from the Buddha. They are no other than the function of the Buddha. Because you are deluded by words and forms, you mistake the Buddha for illusions.

If you happen to expect the Buddha to appear as a holy and graceful form, you, misunderstanding Buddhism, are chasing after the illusion of the Buddha. This is why an ancient master remarked that being attached to the Buddha whilst hating illusions is as foolish as liking your palm while hating the back of your hand.

©Boo Ahm

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