Marian Mountain

‘For years I had been fascinated and troubled by the problem of self. “Who am I?”  The search for the original self, the source of the vow to save all sentient beings, was always in the background of my meditation. Now I had slipped into the center of that original self.
I had known intellectually that to find myself would be to lose myself. But I hadn’t realized how attached I had become to my old self, and how disturbing it would be to lose it. Actually, I hadn’t lost my old self: I had only lost my image of my old self. In place of that comfortable old image was nothing but – how can I describe it? A Vast Emptiness? An ancient power? A not-self? Even now I have trouble finding words to express the nature of the power that possessed me.’ (The Zen Environment)

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