You and I

'Roshi Joan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama' photo (c) 2007, Joan Halifax - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Roshi Joan Halifax and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are thought of as entities, as entities with attributes.

You and I are thought of as entities, as entities with attributes.

We are thought of as characters in a mental movie.

The movie jumps from assumed reality to admitted fantasy. And back again. Over and over.

Reality – the absolute truth of what is, of what is really happening – is beyond the mind.

Reality is beyond what is thought, beyond even what can be thought.

Nothing is as it seems. Except in the mind. You and I are not what we are thought to be.

You cannot exist without what is thought of as not you. How then are you not that? You are that.°

I cannot exist without what is thought of as not me. How then am I not that? I am that.°

# Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897–1981) … from I Am That [source]


 
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