The Central Metaphor of Buddhism

 

Hui-Neng,The Sixth Patriarch: 'Burning The Sūtras

The Buddha didn’t think much of ascetics, god-men, philosophers or sages.

And he liked concrete metaphors. And this is the earliest concrete analogy of the hitherto abstract Self-Eating Expression. It is the central metaphor of the Buddha Dharma.

To have gained the Teaching is to abandon the Teaching.

If you haven’t gutted the Self-Eating Expression to empty, taken it all the way back to ‘True Nothing’, you aren’t done yet.

From the Diamond Sūtra:

‘My teaching of the Good Law is to be likened unto a raft. [Does a man who has safely crossed a flood upon a raft continue his journey carrying that raft upon his head?]

The Buddha-teaching must be relinquished; how much more so mis-teaching!’

The Self-Negating Expression arrives at its terminus, unwinds fully in act of self-scuttle. Implodes upon itself. Hara-Kiri.

You ‘Burn the Sūtras’ once their work is done.


You know any other Tradition that declares that its core Teachings be necessarily let-go as the last-stage in their proper understanding?

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