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(KOANS FOR) THE BUDDHA IN THE MIRROR













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is it me?

does he live there?

is he always there?

is he just reflecting back the phenomenal world

like the moon reflecting the sun?

when the reflection disappears do I die?

what did the reflection look like

before I was born?

 

if I meet the Buddha in the mirror 

should I kill him?

if I shatter the mirror will I die?

what is the sound of the mirror before it breaks?

if the mirror breaks was there ever a mirror?

does each broken piece then reflect the whole

like Indra's Net?

 

a fountain of wisdom and compassion

the afterimage glows and remains

when I close my eyes

still there even when I get up and leave

 

golden robe surrounded by red

all-seeing heart encompassing all beings

glowing with radiance like the sunrise

after a dark night of the soul