Zen

Q. What is the Buddha’s light that can light up the darkest place?

A. It is not physical light that comes from fire, or electricity but the ability to see and hear things as they are without attaching any names to them. To those who can see things as they are, there is no distance and no difference between darkness and lightness. Seeing what is before their eyes is not different from seeing what is thousands of miles away, nor is seeing darkness different from seeing light. So, the Buddha’s light is another name of the eye of wisdom, enlightenment.

Student: “What is the eye of wisdom?”

Master: “It can see behind you without turning your head.”

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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