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Let go of the separate version of who we think we are...
Harada Roshi

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We all tell ourselves stories about who we are and how we came to be. In zen it seems that the answer is to not hold on to or let go of these stories but just be there. Does a person need to know what they are holding on to before they can let it go? Or understand that they are fighting something before they can stop fighting?

Training is about throwing ourselves away. Which means to know the source of the self. Because people do not know their true self, that is why they suffer. For example, we have a body and thoughts, since they are of form they will eventually die. So when death approaches, we feel unsettled. Where will I go when I die? All kinds of doubts arise. Yet our true base is not about birth or death. This concept was made by humans from their understanding. Yet if we tell a person who has not experienced his true source, that there is no birth or death, only seeing death right in front of him, he will not be able to believe. That experience of forgetting the body, letting go of the self, from there we experience the obvious. Simply let go of yourself, throw yourself away.

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