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Reality (from Zen Soup by Laurence G. Boldt)


Things are not what they seem, including us. As a Zen master put it, "How can you be happy when you spend most of your time worrying about something that doesn't even exist?" The "something" he was referring to is the ego, that confused jumble of thoughts and desires we mistake for the Self. Reality and the true perception of it lie beyond this narrow band of socially conditioned consciousness. From the perspective of Zen, to "get real" is to get out of ourselves, to release the identification with ourselves as "a thing apart." A part is in conflict with other parts; but the whole cannot be against itself....

In reality there is no better, no worse, no difference. There is no loss or gain, nothing old or new. There is nothing to compare with anything else. Everything in the universe is the one same stuff, taking on various forms or disguises. The Zen realization of "emptiness" come with the release of the identification with, and attachment to, forms, including the physical form we call the body and the mental form we call the ego and mistake for the Self.

The deeper realization is that form is emptiness; emptiness, form. In other words, the spiritual reality is manifest in the physicality of the world....



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