“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” I don’t know about you, but this quotation simply doesn’t sound like what we typical hear from Buddhism, and especially from variants like Zen. And yet, here we are, face to face with a teaching, “love yourself,” that is both powerful AND surprisingly consistent with what The Buddha surely knew to be true.
What could The Buddha have meant when we said “you” and “yourself”? Whom or what was he addressing? These are very important questions, because to someone who absolutely knew the true nature of what we are, it would be difficult to assume he meant “love yourself” in some new age, cliché way. He would have had a deeper meaning, one more rich …
Buddhism has a problem, an unfortunate one, but such is life. And that problem is: there is no way to know for certain what the Buddha said. It is a problem with any spiritual teaching more than a thousand years old, or any history for that matter. It has to do with written texts and oral transmission.
The first written Buddhist texts are in the Pali language and are based upon 400 years of oral tradition. That means that whatever the Buddha said 2500 years ago was repeated generation after generation, from one man to the next, for four centuries. Even if the monks who recited the Dharma for 400 years didn’t add a single thing to the words they were taught, not a single new interpretation or …
If you would only rid yourselves of the concepts of ordinary and Enlightened, you would find that there is no other Buddha than the Buddha in your own Mind.The arising and the elimination of illusion are both illusory. Illusion is not something rooted in Reality; it exists because of your dualistic thinking.If you will only cease to indulge in opposed concepts such as ‘ordinary’ and ‘Enlightened’, illusion will cease of itself.