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The Record of Tung-Shan (Classics in East Asian Buddhism) 0th Edition
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in zen there is the profound statement: "this is it". however who sees ''this''? the man of no rank, as Lin Chi calls him. who is this man of no rank, he is ME. Who is me? i am me. God says who am I? i reply: you are ME. God says who are you? I reply: I am me. Socrates says: ''know thyself!". who is this self to know?: Me. simple. but many people dont recognise this me'ness that they are. the ''me'' is what Dogen and Keizan call the ''True self''. its too simple for some people to grasp.
when there is no longer any personal experience of ''me'', when body and mind have been dropped: there is still a certain personal care and concern that remains. this personal concern however is no longer within; rather it is externalized. ''this''/''that'' becomes me. for a long time i doubted any reference to a personal self, having dropped the personal ego/i. in the nirvana sutra we are told about the true self, the universal self. put simply it is Me.
Me is the single point that resides in the open field of emptiness. the lense of the eye that sees ''this''. me is seeing, Prajna. ''this'' is seen. emptiness is this that is seen. observer appears once again, however it is a universal observer and is no longer focused within the body, but has emerged in the external world: ''this''.
''this'' is ''it'', as seen by ''me''. this is life, life is experienced by the ''one'' ''me''. the ego is a pointer towards the true self, but where the ego grasps, the true self does not, nor is the true self aware of any form of attainment.Read more ›