…chool in which we were discussing whether the mind creates the brain or the brain creates the mind. After lots of back-and-forth arguments, I suggested that perhaps both perspectives are true and neither are true. The professor told me that by saying this I was picking up the ball and taking it home with me. It’…
The flip answer is, of course, “If you have to ask…”
Or as Zen teaches us, “He who speaks does not know; he who knows does not speak.”
Original its variation, “The true path cannot be walked; the path that can be walked is not the true path.”
I am reminded of the Zen tale of the wandering monk, who always carrier with him a large sack of items he would pass out to the needy.
He was challenged one day by another monk: “What is the meaning of Zen?”
Our monk set his sack on the ground.
“Then what is the realization of Zen?”
To which our monk hoisted his sack across his shoulders and continued on his way.
Before Enlightenment, chopping wood and hauling water.
After Enlightenment, chopping wood and hauling water.
And if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.