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When you meet the Buddha, kill him.

I came across this statement while reading about Zen Buddism and because of the confusing content I was immediately curious. Why kill something so sacred? What a paradox… But while reading I found out what the actual message was behind this koan (a spiritual question with a paradox in it).

To properly explain the core of this message, some context is needed about the origin of ideas. When we come into the world we are blank in mind. The mind is absent and what we have been given is our genes; our blueprint for this life. While growing up, especially the first 5 years of your life, you get certain norms and values ​​​​from your environment and especially from your significant others. Your ideas about yourself, the other and the world arise in this way. You internalize the messages from the environment and make them your own.

As you grow up, these patterns continue to guide you in contact with others and with yourself. During meditations, where you turn your attention inward and quiet the mind, you often come across all kinds of things. You literally see things from a distance. Especially if you have just started training the silence of the mind. This is of course not only during meditations, but also when you are detaching from your thoughts, feelings and the body and observe and live more and more from your observer.

You become aware of your thinking patterns; the thinking patterns that you have adopted from your environment. They are frames of thought that you think are true because they have been repeated often enough.You come across your mother, grandmother, father, big brother, a best friend behind your thoughts in the now, as it were.

Raising awareness, which happens during meditations and actually also just during psychological treatment, has the intention to disconnect you from the constricting ties of these frames of mind. In this way, space is created to go beyond old habits and to allow for new insights.

To return with a wide bow to the statement ‘ If you meet the Buddha, kill him .’; we value the opinions and ideas of others. But actually everything we need is available within us. We have just often become separated from it and therefore seek confirmation, approval, connection with others and thereby make ourselves dependent on something outside of us. This can be with your new partner, with friends, through social media, by eating, drinking or smoking a lot.

The challenge in life, and what the above paradox challenges us to do, is to break free from these internalized ideas by killing in your head the image you have adopted from the other. The truth of your life, and therefore all life, is in your heart and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not even by Buddha…

They are all beliefs and ideas that your mind comes up with. The identification with everything that your mind thinks and wants to believe is then disconnected. And in that way you free yourself from the entangled ties and your endless possibilities and qualities become available.

You then go back to the blank sheet you were born with and the words of others then fade by themselves. If you can look at the world in this way, you see that the possibilities are endless. You determine the words and what you want to believe. The existence of Miracles then does not become something magical and coincidental, but it becomes part of your reality.


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