Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Key to Enlightenment

It's the not knowing that kills. Having no explanation; not knowing why it's happening, or what will happen next. Torturers know it. Interrogators know it. Abusive lovers know it. It's being left alone with your doubts. Under such circumstances it takes very little to break a heart. Or a will.

That's Fudo's greatest strength: he accepts the voices without resistance, and lets them flow out his other ear, unimpeded and unentertained. Thus he has the power to see what is there, and also what is not there.

Easy in theory, difficult in practice. But, I'm convinced, the key to Enlightenment in this life.


(Adapted from 100 Days on the Mountain, copyright RK Henderson. Photo courtesy of WikiMedia and Walters Art Museum.)
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