Posted by: Upāsaka | 11/07/2017

Who Am I?

Am I this thought passing away into darkness?

Am I this breath tickling this nose?

Am I this question, “Who am I?”

Am I the eyes that see?

Am I the scene that’s seen?

Am I the mind the perceives “Who am I?”

Coming from a Theravada background I want a categorical answer but when I think about it, it is obvious that even Lord Buddha dispensed with discursive reasoning; he directly grasped reality unmediated by concepts and language. In some ways, the hwadu and Seon in general seem to skip ahead to the end but it is refreshing nonetheless to remember that the 10,000 thoughts that pass through the mind are nothing but fingers pointing to the moon.


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