We are investigating. This is a very long road to walk.
We don’t need old Zen or Chan.
This is a language bridge which was used several thousands of years ago, and which is now too old. This bridge is almost broken, and few people are able to cross this bridge. We need to build a modern bridge made of concrete and steel which practitioners can cross easily. This is a new dharma, a new bridge. Some of the Buddha dharma is an old bridge which carries a lot of marks of language. It is carrying a lot of unused material.
What is OQ wisdom?
We are trying to discover the software inside our mind, or our brain. This is us, this software, which controls the human body. The name ‘we’ is human. If we had a dog’s body we would behave like a dog. We behave like humans. If we took over a dog’s body perhaps we would become a progressed dog. Our minds change much more quickly than a monkey moves, because of the software inside. When we are children we are similar to monkeys: always active. When we grow up we become mature and so this software directs our body.
Once we know the software that makes us human we will know the cause of suffering. This software is advanced. We have not really lost or gained anything when we awaken, nor do we disappear from the world. The “I’ does not really exist independently but arises from past experiences. The data in the software is us; it is in our mind; it is human. Thoughts and opinions of good or bad are all data; they are all us. We have choices. This kind of mind is changeable. Once we find out this data is us, all is human language. It is living in the software. Once language appears in your mind, your mind pulls outwards, and ego appears. The mark of language comes from outside of your mind.
The body is like a car, which is temporary, just as our names are temporary. When we are driving does turning right or left guide you, or does ‘I’ guide you? Is ‘I’ right or left when we turn? Does right or left turn ‘I’ or does ‘I’ turn right or left? Our data, our vocabulary, and our language are ‘us’ but they are changeable. When we are born and become children our parents, teachers, newspapers, the bible, or the sutras all teach us, and all are external. All data is us and all data is changeable. So we can say that there is no ‘us,’ ‘you,’ ‘we,’ ‘she,’ ‘he,’ ‘it’ or ‘they.’ Our identity is constituted of changeable data. Names are all changeable: we can easily be called by another name. Similarly we can suffer; sometimes feeling better; sometimes worse. We can compare minds and say which one is heavy or light, or compare the rich with the poor, the beautiful with the ugly. These adjectives are changeable.
When we awaken where do we go?
This is your choice and nobody can guide you. If we awaken ‘I’ is freedom. As soon as we think ego has arrived. We find out for ourselves; who ‘I’ or ‘you’ is, where we come from and where we are going. In fact, there is no coming or going. There is no time, no Chan or Zen, no dharma, no birth, no death, no knowledge and no mind constituted by the perceptions or senses.
What is love?
Why have we chosen to create a world with little compassion? Why have we made this kind of choice; a society where people fight each other? Once people win they are happy. A human society with no winning and no losing, which is always peaceful, would be without challenge; people would not be motivated to work. The opposite way of life is compassion. We aspire to a compassionate lifestyle, because this world lacks compassion. Perhaps humans lack compassion, and so we all hope for greater compassion.
If we live in compassion it would mean we could live in a different world. People may wish to choose a fairer, more equal life and to share more. You have your part and I have my part. We would have a life of equality, as in heaven or utopia. However, it is difficult to find an equal society because we come from data. Data is changeable and it is multicolored, varied and diverse. This data is suffering, however. Someone makes a lot of money but this means someone else is very poor. We can change the world to become a peaceful and multicolored world.
Are we compassionate or not?
We are going to investigate who we are. We need to examine this through meditation in order to awaken: not to describe it, criticize or talk even more about what compassion is. This is for religious people to discuss. I want to ask: who is talking about compassion? If we compare ourselves with animals, we can examine the real nature of compassion. This will not be understood by more talking.