Why should we move to find
Countries and climates of another kind?
What exile leaves himself behind?
Horace. Thank you, The Floating Library
I’m suggesting that if you try to touch the self, it will be the same difficulty as trying to touch the rainbow. We have a representation of the self, which is really arising in a process. We don’t know this process very well; but the attempt to treat the self as an object is just not going to mean anything. So instead, suppose we say that this self is UNKNOWN. Its origin, its ground is UNKNOWN. and it is constantly revealing itself, through each person or through nature or through various other ways.
As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.
Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi 鈴木 俊隆 (1904-1971), founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. Thank you, Fernwood Zendo.