May 17th, 2001

Ceci n'est pas une personne.

(no subject)

From the a cool zen story archive:

One day the Master announced that a young monk had reached an advanced state of enlightment. The news caused some stir. Some of the monks went to see the young monk. "We heard you are enlightened. Is that true?" they asked.

"It is," he replied.

"And how do you feel?"

"As miserable as ever," said the monk.

I thought it was amusing.

Some people think enlightened people take things lightly, other think that wisdom brings happiness. I don't think this is the case. Enlightenment may allow you to find your own way to happiness, but it doesn't just give you happiness. I also think that enlightenment is unique to each individual, so it is impossible to share enlightenment, so no one would ever have the same frame of refference.