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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
DAININ KATAGIRI ROSHI 87 When you see your reflection, if you believe that reflection is your true self, this is a misunderstanding. But it doesn’t mean you can ignore the reflection. A reflection must be there, or there is noth- ing for you to see. Without my reflection I cannot see that I exist; I cannot understand who I am. True self and its reflection are not the same, but they are not separate. Your reflection is not the real truth, but without that reflection you cannot see the truth. If you search for true self outwardly, with your ordinary, dualistic human consciousness, you will never find it. But on the other hand, true self doesn’t float around like some kind of spirit or ghost. It is life itself—real life. Real life is more than life in the biological sense. It is the impulse that makes something come into existence right in the middle of emptiness. Without that impulse, nothing can be created. Proceeding alone through yourself means through this body right now, right here. Why through this body? Your individual human life is just you, so you have to proceed alone. There is no other choice. It is very hard to be with aloneness, but there is no other way. No one can really help you. No matter what happens, you have to walk by yourself. This is not egoistic; it’s just that there is no one who can substitute for you. When it comes time for you to die, who could substitute for you? No matter what you say or do—scream, laugh, or cry—you must proceed alone. If you proceed alone in the realm of truth, your mind is quiet and peaceful. In Japanese we say hokyo, “the jewel mirror.” The mirror is a metaphor for wisdom. Wisdom is a mind mirror that shows you the ultimate principle of human life. Having mirror wisdom means Sometimes vastness is personalized, and it’s called buddha. If you experience that emptiness, it is called buddhanature.