Who Is He?

Hoen said, "The past and future Buddhas, both are his servants. Who is he?"

In this koan "he is not the relative he, as in "he and I." It is the absolute "he." "He is the master of the historical Gautama Buddha and of the future Maitreya Buddha. "He" is the master of all Buddhas. "He" is the essence of all life. "He" is the ideal Amida Buddha. To find "him" is to find the source of you yourself. Enlightenment means the discovery of this "he." When one discovers this "he" in himself, one is able to see "him" in all beings.


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