The truth that the Buddha taught is finding who “I” am. To find who “I” really am is to forget about “I.” To forget about “I” is to be whole with everything in experience. To be whole with everything in experience is to let go of my body and my mind, and to let go of the body and mind of the world.
To learn Buddhism is to learn ourselves. To learn ourselves is to forget ourselves. To forget ourselves is to be experienced by millions of things and phenomena. To be experienced by millions of things and phenomena is to let our own body and mind, and the body and mind of the external world, fall away. [Then] we can forget the [mental] trace of realization, and show the [real] signs of forgotten realization continually, moment by moment. When a person first seeks the Dharma, he is far removed from the borders of Dharma. But as soon as the Dharma is authentically transmitted to the person himself, he is a human being in his own true place. [Nishijima]
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