Many individuals say the American Zen priest Steve Hagen’s primer Buddhism Plain and Easy is superb, and I drifted by its early pages pondering the identical. He has a transparent, direct model that avoids plenty of the clunky dharma translations that always serve solely to confuse.
Nevertheless, simply as he’s settling in to his discourse, Hagen feels the necessity to exhibit what enlightenment appears like. He affords an image of a “mysterious figure” (above), which he says is an nearly photo-realistic rendition of one thing everybody will recognise. At first, he suggests, it would appear to be chaos, however ultimately the image leaps unmissably out at you, and that is form of what enlightenment is like.
Engaging thought, however, properly, I sat there looking at this factor for an hour on the prepare to work, getting completely nowhere. The very best I may do was flip it into an fascinating meditation on my reactions: one minute feeling like an insufficient idiot for seeing nothing of substance, the following a raging head case.
Hagen urges readers to persevere, so illuminating will the massive second be, however kindly provides a web page quantity the place the reply might be discovered. Sadly, in an e-book, web page numbers are meaningless.
To Google, then, which led me to varied websites that exposed the image was of a cow. Sadly, even having been informed this, I nonetheless couldn’t see it. Ultimately, I stumbled upon a photograph on-line that had been digitally enhanced to stress stated beast. Eventually, enlightenment!
Nevertheless, having needed to go to a lot effort for a glimpse of this cow – which, as Hagen notes, is certainly unmissable after you have seen it – I felt not a lot enlightened as duped. At finest, the train was like a type of bizarre psychology exams the place you get proven a blot and are anticipated to see a vagina. At worst, it was an affordable parlour trick. It put me off the e-book, and I bought no additional with it.
Might this be the intention? Maybe a gathering with Hagen’s ridiculous cow is like being hit over the top with a monk’s stick. Maybe what he’s actually saying is: cease studying, cease pondering; or, as Bodhidharma put it: “Using the mind to look for reality is delusion.”
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